Gov.Yari's comment is "not an Islamically correct statement to make," - Emir of Kano

The Emir of Kano has reacted to Gov. Yari’s statement that God is punishing Nigerians with Meningitis.

Emir Sanusi

The Zamfara governor had earlier blamed the disease on the sins of Nigerians, saying that God was punishing everyone with the outbreak for the sin of fornication.

Speaking at the second edition of the Kaduna Investment Forum, the Emir of Kano debunked Gov. Yari's statement, Vanguard reports.

Referring to his extensive knowledge of the Islamic law, Sanusi said that the governor's comments were incorrect and urged him to simply treat the disease without giving unnecessary explanations.

He said: “Some of the examples are horrendous. I’m sorry about a current issue yesterday. 200 people died of meningitis in a state, the governor was asked and he said it is God’s curse on us for the sin of fornication, which apparently does not happen in America, which is why they don’t have meningitis.”

Moving on, the monarch added this, “How have we reduced ourselves, what have we done as a people, that we have placed ourselves in a situation where simple things, a medical issue…you don’t have vaccines, say you don’t have vaccines.

“Treat those who have contracted it, don’t give these kinds of explanations. But this is the mindset. I have a degree in Islamic law, and I can tell you that is not an Islamically correct statement to make.

“These are the kinds of things that we have; and when we talk about a difficult environment, we realise that 90 per cent of that difficulty, we can address, because it is self-inflicted.”

Meanwhile, Pastor Adeboye has advised his congregation to bring their children for anointing against the disease.

He has been criticised by people, who feel that he should have told his church members to go for vaccinations instead.

The disease has spread to 16 states in the country and killed 336 people.

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