Matthew Kukah, Catholic bishop of Sokoto diocese, has accused state governors of speanding money on pilgrimages and religious centres instead of education.
The outspoken bishop made this knonw on Monday while speaking on a panel at the ongoing 25th edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) conference.
Bishop Kukah stated that in northern Nigeria there is no single Christian or woman in the state assembly, adding that women are lucky if they become commissioners for women affairs.
“When the federal government says that it doesn’t have a voice in what happens in distant states where governors have taken a license to behave irresponsibly in terms of issues of education,” he said.
Kukah said 60% of the students in hisfive secondary schools are Muslims.
According to him, state governors are unwilling to have a conversation on how to improve the level of education in their respective states.
“The point I am making is that I think Northern Nigeria is a big culprit in a lot of the things that are wrong with Nigeria and I say this with all sense of responsibility,” he said.
On the travails of Muhammadu Sanusi II, the emir of Kano, Bishop Kukah said the Emir is being attacked because of his blunt remarks.
“The emir is here, he is still fighting for his life because of the position that he has taken and all of you sitting here know that it has literally become a matter to a particular course because the things he is saying are not popular,” he said.
Naija News reports that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has cut down the influence and powers of Emir Sanusi in Kano State.
The governor had divided Kano State in five different emirates.
Governor Ganduje was reportedly irked by Emir Sanusi’s critical comments in 2017 on the award of contracts to Chinese companies by the state government and on the governor’s foreign trips.