Religion Or Politics: Sanusi Reveals The Thin Line Between Sharia Law & Poverty


Speaking at the Mo Ibrahim Forum in Marrakesh, Morocco on Saturday, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II pointed out the religious hypocrisy which most politicians use to get into power.

Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II has recently been on a truth telling spree as it concerns certain Islamic misconceptions.

A couple of days ago the Emir squarely addressed Zamfara State Governor for saying that Meningitis has a spiritual connection. Refuting the fallacious claim, Sanusi says this is a typical example of using religious falsehoods to stall social progress.

As a strongly religious region, northerners will very often choose to vote for politicians who convince them that “it’s all about the Islamic laws”.

To that tendency, the Emir says this:

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“Religion should not be used as a means of acquiring power because it never brings good results.”

“…You know people come and say they want to establish Islamic law, and they are elected,”

“Give them four years, after sometime people find out that they have not improved education, they have not put food on the table, they’ve not provided healthcare, they vote them out.”

“We have had it in Nigeria; people came and said they were implementing Sharia. Zamfara state started Sharia in Nigeria, it has the highest rate of poverty in the country today.”

“It’s a matter of time for people to realize that this is all deception, this is all politics, this is not religion; it is about politicians appropriating religion as a discourse for getting into power.”

So is it necessarily true that Sharia law is the reason why Zamfara state is the poorest state in Nigeria?

That may really not be true because a good number of Muslim nations in the world are economically updated.

A striking illustration is the UAE. They may still be somewhat conservative with their Islamic laws but they have welcomed girl education amongst other economic reforms.

Their exotic structures and ease of doing business has shown that being rigid with laws to the point that human development is threatened is not part of their international agenda.

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Very often, political elites take advantage of religion to manipulate their way into power.

Some Imams of different Islamic institutions around the world have been caught teaching and preaching the wrong message. This fosters a wrong mindset in the people. In fairness, some Christian teachers are guilty of this as well.

One would wonder why the northern part of Nigeria is considered one of the poorest regions in the country. Statistics from subsequent census show that this region has the largest population. Thus they are entitled to bulky allocations; much more than other parts of the country.

Sadly with all of the monetary benefits, the region is still the least developed. Who is to be blamed for that?

Perhaps saddened by this anomaly, the Emir of Kano, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II has lately been voicing out truths most northerners are scared to admit.