From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has advocated for the signing of peace pact by all political parties ahead of 2019 general election.
Sanusi spoke yesterday in Katsina at a lecture titled “Youth Security and National Development of Nigeria”, organized by Katsina vocational Training Centre.
He said signing of peace pact is necessary to ensure peaceful conduct of the election for the sustenance of democracy.
Sanusi noted that the peace pact will discourage use of youths by politicians to foment trouble and violence during the general election.
The Emir accused some politicians in the north of using religion to divide people and achieve their political and selfish interest.
He said religion should not be used for political campaign, warning that politicians should allow religion in the hand of religious leaders.
Speaking on the problems facing the north, Sanusi lamented that the region is now the poorest in Nigeria with no focus to compete with its southern counterpart.
He said the bulk of poorest people in Nigeria are concentrated in Northern Nigeria due to failure by the leaders to give priority attention to education for the youth.
He explained that Northern leaders must find solutions to problems facing the region, so as to move it forward.
He said “We must all rise to the occasion and give back to our society through our various talents by making practical suggestions on how best we could overcome our multifaceted problem in the north.”
Earlier in his speech, Chairman of the occasion, who is the Chief Judge of Katsina State, Justice Musa Danladi Abubakar, said Katsina Vocational Centre was established by Late M.D Yusuf to train unemployed youths.
Abubakar said the centre has trained over 15,000 unemployed youths and provided them with kits and cash assistance to set up business.