The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, asked the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to take measures to prevent the country from sinking in the next 10 years.
He urged federal and state governments to prioritize mass investment in health and education to prevent the country from sinking into a state of difficulty.
The call came after the World Bank’s latest forecast on Nigeria.
The Emir was speaking yesterday in his palace when he hosted a delegation from the National Agency for the Development of Primary Health Care.
He said, “Two days ago, I read a report in Bloomberg, a latest World Bank report on Nigeria, which was issued on Monday. The World Bank has predicted that if things continue the way they are, within the next 10 years, Nigeria will be home to 25 per cent of all the poor people of the world.”
The monarch pointed out that the report showed that in 10 years’ time, if nothing was done to reverse the trend, the number of poor people in the country will be increased by 30 million.
He noted that poverty is not just measured in terms of money but in terms of lack of access to quality education, access to quality healthcare, infant and maternal mortality, as well as lack of nutrition.
“And the best way to end poverty is to invest in health and education. So, we are calling on the Federal Government, state governments to continue to allocate more and more of the budget to these areas.
“I am also calling on the private sector and philanthropists to invest in these areas, because this is the only way we can avert crisis,” he said.Emir Sanusi sends message to Buhari govt