Muhammadu Sanusi, Kperoogi et al…
By Abdullahi O Haruna Haruspice
There is a new trend right now, if you are from the north and you want to be hailed a hero, pick your pen, begin the mastication of the north. Bash the region as a parasitic entity, demystify the Sahel north as people without respect for women, refer to her as a place where kids are sent to the streets to languish in waste. Don’t stop at that, paint the region as archaic, extreme and intolerant.
If you are able to do all of these, you are hailed a hero, objective and very civilised Nigerian. Kperoogi started it and he is enjoying his ephemeral braggado, some of our social media pundits have taken the gauntlets and they are enjoying the flapping waves from other Nigerians. The latest is his eminence Muhammadu Sanusi II, he is using the traditional podium to shred into pieces the absolutism of the northern tradition. While he does this, he gets million social media mentions and shares.
While this maybe seen as the manifestations of a digital leadership, a formidable rich cultural foundation is being shaken. Cracks are opening up so dangerously in the domain of his eminence. So much daring revelations coming out in torrents. The northern emirate was so fortified in her dealings that information coming out the palace was considered rare privilege. Today, we have journalists giving graphic details of the expenditure of the emirate. This is sacrilege and unheard.
Attempts to impress outsiders is fast bringing ridicule to the exalted throne. Something needs to be done fast before the kano traditional throne is made an amusement park!.
The emir threw taciturn to the winds when he sent his daughter to pour venom on his traducers. The young married lady in her 20s missed the opportunity to sell the uniqueness of combining marriage and education in northern Nigeria but chose the arrogance route to dare her father’s enemies. When the emir who is meant to preach peace turns the prevacatour, then the land is in danger.
Muhammadu Sanusi II is using the wrong tools to call for change in northern Nigeria, he is using the bullying rod, he is not persuading, he is scolding. It’s usually difficult to achieve result this way. The Ooni of Ife is revolutionizing the Ife throne but in a more tacit way. When he decided to be sworn in with the Holy Bible, he didn’t condemned the existing rituals, same thing with the Oba of Benin.
These people are silently mapping out strategies on addressing the plethora of problems in their domains and subjecting their subjects to public ridicule. Traditional rulers are respected because of their taciturn nature, those who get challenged are usually the Muhammadu Sanusi II of this world.
While we wear clothes is not just to cover our nakedness but to conceal some not too okay body parts, the Emir should talk less of the ills in his domain and work in silence proffering solutions.