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Federal character should be on merit, not sentiments – Sanusi

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The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has said the observance of the federal character order should not be an excuse for nepotism but should be based strictly on merit.

Sanusi stated this while speaking at the 10th memorial lecture of Kehinde Sofola, with the theme ‘The Role of the Legal Profession in Nation Building: the Nigerian Context’.

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The issue of federal character should not be an excuse for nepotism; it should be based strictly on merit and not on family or ethnic sentiments,” Sanusi said.

He also said Nigerians must imbibe the culture of making their leaders accountable at all times by summoning courage to tell them when they are wrong instead of always sitting on the fence.

As we live today, we must understand that it is our duty to respect the various institutions of our country.

We cannot sit and watch as spectators as our institutions are being destroyed; to be a true Nigerian we must learn to look at our leadership and tell them where they are going wrong”, he added.

He also frowned at the infringement on child rights, saying that “the Sharia Law requires you to first seek the consent of your female child before giving her out in marriage.”

No religion permits infringement on the rights of any child. You find children in the streets hawking when they should be in school while some female children are even forced into marriage,” Sanusi said.