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No, emir of Kano didn’t say Nigerians voted for uneducated leaders

Latsa nan don karanta wannan rahoto cikin harshen Hausa. Click here to read this report in Hausa.

The Hausa-language blog Madubiya claims Muhammadu Sanusi II, the emir of Kano, said Nigerians voted for uneducated leaders and this had led to the decay of the country’s education system.

The 29 October 2019 post claims the emir made the statement at a convocation at Abuja’s Nile University on 28 October.

“It's time we focus on the type of leaders and representatives we have, as you can all see, we have voted uneducated people,” it quotes Sanusi as saying in Hausa.

“We must know the type of people we vote as our leaders and representatives, we should vote for educated people, who value education.”

The post has been shared a number of times on Facebook. But did the emir really say this?

Emir not at convocation

A former governor of Nigeria’s central bank, Muhammadu Sanusi II is often quoted urging better education policies that would put more children in schools, especially girls.

But the emir didn’t say Nigeria’s education system was bad because people voted for uneducated leaders.

“The emir was not in the country when the convocation took place,” Munir Sanusi Bayero, the emir’s chief of staff, told Africa Check.

“He returned on Tuesday 31 October. He has been away for the last three weeks attending various official assignments in different parts of the world.” – Fatima Abubakar

Sarkin kano bai ce yan najeriya sun zabi shugabanni jahilai ba

Rubutun da wata kafar watsa labarai ta yanar gizo ta wallafa a ranar 29 ga watan oktoba 2019 wanda ke cewa sarkin kano Muhammadu Sanusi II a wajen bikin ya ye dalibai na jamiar Nile da ke abuja, a ranar 28 ga watan oktoba ya ce yan najeriya sun zabi jahilai a matsayin shugabannin su wadanda basu san darajar ilimi ba, hakan ya sa ilimi ke tabarbarewa a kasar.

Rubutun wanda shafin madubiya ya wallafa an yada shi da dama,sarkin na cewa "lokaci yayi da zamu kula da irin shugabanni da wakilan da muke da su, kamar yadda kuke gani, mun zabi marasa ilimi. Dole mu ringa kula da irin mutanen da mu ke zaba a matsayin shugabanni da wakilan mu,mu zabi masu ilimi kuma wadanda suka san darajar ilimi."

Rubutun ya ce a wajen bikin ya ye daliban jami'ar an karrama sarkin tare da Alaafin na Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III. 

Sarkin bai je bikin ya ye daliban jami'ar ba

Sarkin Kano, wanda tsohon gwamnan babban bankin najeriya ne an sha ruwaito wurare da dama da ya ke jaddada sa yara a makaranta musamman yara mata.

A wannan karan sarkin bai fadi wannan maganar da akace yayi ba.

"Sarkin baya kasar nan lokacin da jami'ar tayi bikin yaye daliban, ya dawo kasar ranar talata 31 ga watan oktoba.Ya shafe makonni uku yana tafiye-tafiyen da suka shafi aiki tsakanin kasashe daban daban," Babban mataimakin sarkin Danburan din kano Munir Sanusi Bayero ya shaidawa Africa Check.Fatima Abubakar

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