Focus on programmes that would better the lives of ordinary Nigerians- Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called on political leaders to focus on programmes that would better the lives of ordinary Nigerians and not just programmes that benefit the elite.

Also, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, said cultural and religious dogmas that are not in tune with the realities in the rest of the Muslim world have contributed to the backwardness of the North.

Both traditional rulers spoke yesterday at the second edition of the Kaduna Investment Forum in Kaduna.

In his goodwill message at the occasion, the Sultan urged political leaders to keep politics aside and focus more on development issues that would improve the living condition of the masses.

He regretted that in spite of the poor condition of roads and lack of basic infrastructure, some governors were constructing airports and other white elephant projects that have no bearing to the generality of the people.

According to the Sultan, “I have always talked about programmes that will touch the lives of the common man in the villages, on the streets pushing trucks, carrying water to sell to survive.

“We want programmes that will touch the lives of these people, not programmes that will touch lives of the elites alone.

“There are governors building airports worth billions of naira while our roads are a death trap. Governors who building airports when we don’t have functional clinics. Governors are building airports just for their private jets.

“I want to assure our political leaders that when we advised them, we do so with the fear of Almighty Allah, because if we don’t advise them, we will account for our own actions.

“So let’s put the building of airports and other white elephant projects aside and face issues that will bring water, food, good health, peace, security and make people go about freely without molestation.

“Therefore, let’s do politics of development, because I know very soon, we would be in 2019,” the traditional ruler said.

He said further: “We will use our votes to vote out those governors who refused to work for us. If you think 2019 is far, it is not far, it is very much around the corner.

“Therefore, my fellow citizens of the world, for those governors are work for us, we will vote them back, for those that have not work for us, we will tell them to go back home and learn how to govern us better and try their luck next time,” the traditional ruler said.

He, however, commended the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, for initiating such programme, stressing that once Kaduna is developed, it is going to impact positively on the North.

He declared that the project must succeed, emphasising that “we don’t have any other option than to make sure that this project being put together by the Kaduna State governor succeed and for this to succeed, there must be peace. Nobody will invest in a place where there is instability.”

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