The Buhari Media Support Group, a voluntary organisation dedicated to the Promotion of the change agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari, has called on the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II, to exercise restraint in his frequent attacks on the policies of the Federal Government in order not to give cynics the wrong signal to undermine the government’s efforts towards finding solutions to the myriad problems facing the country.
A statement issued in Abuja by the Head of BMSG, MalIam Muhammad Labbo, described the latest attack on the government by Emir Sanusi as very unfortunate and disheartening.
Muhammad Labbo said as a highly respected public figure, the Emir should not engage in street tactics to make his point because the doors to the President’s office are widely open to him to offer his advice for the betterment of the country and its people.
According to the statement, the Emir’s open and hostile posture to the policies of the government could be misunderstood, thereby dividing the people.
The statement explained that since the Emir is not an opposition political figure, his hostile attacks are likely to be interpreted as political, thereby compromising the neutrality of his office.
On the 30 billion -dollar proposed loan, a simple check by the emir will show him that about two thirds of it is for the rail project that includes the East-West and Lagos-Kano corridors that have capacity to create tens of thousands of jobs for his subjects and other Nigerians. Or, is the emir against accelerated National development? The statement asked.
Muhammad Labbo said as a friend of the President, Emir Sanusi should not give ammo to the President’s opponents to undermine the efforts of the government in the implementation of its change agenda.
He should rather, subscribe to the age-old code of ethics of the traditional institution where emirs are mostly seen and hardly heard, instead of being constantly onduly flippant in order not to bring disrespect the stool he occupies.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari holds Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II in the highest esteem, adding that in the spirit of mutual respect, the Emir should channel any constructive criticism privately, as was always done by his predecessor and other traditional rulers, and the President would use his input for the good of the country.