Shahida Sanusi, daughter of Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has said immediate past First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan’s description of the northerners as Almajiris during the 2015 general election campaign was on point.
Miss Sanusi agreed with Mrs. Jonathan while delivering her personal speech at the Inaugural Annual Chibok Girls Lecture held in commemoration of the third anniversary of the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok Government Girls Secondary School by terrorists in Borno State in Abuja on Friday.
The princess who also represented her father and delivered his speech said northern elites are not comfortable with his father after he blamed them for the social maladies facing the north. She however, said the monarch cannot be cowed into silence.
She said, “My father is not afraid of giving up his throne if it stands in the way of speaking the truth. I know that if my father has to choose between the throne and his conscience, he will happily give up the throne.
“He has already accomplished his ambition of succeeding his forefathers and frankly he is the same person I knew as the banker and central bank governor. As an emir, he has not changed and he will be the same person even as an ex-emir if it comes to that.
“When Mrs. Patience Jonathan called those of us in the North almajiris, we got angry, but come to think of it, is that not what we really are? We give birth to children and just abandon them. There are no schools for the poor. There are no hospitals for the poor.”