The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II wept publicly while lamenting over the inequality witnessed across the country as he recounted how a sick child died in his mother’s arms at his palace.
This occurred as the monarch gave an address at a United Nations meeting on Sustainable Development Goals in Lagos on Thursday, October 10, 2019.
Emir Sanusi said the economic challenges and inequalities in Nigeria have caused so much hardship with the poor paying the ultimate sacrifice.
He sobbed as narrated an unfortunate situation where a mother could not save her sick child, despite being close to getting help.
Sanusi told the gathering at the event that on that fateful day, the woman had walked to the palace from a children’s hospital located just about 200 metres.
According to him, he heard a very loud scream and asked someone to check what happened while the person who came back with tears in his eyes.
The emir said the baby died in the mother’s arms while she was waiting for her turn to ask for money to buy the drug to save her child.
“And how much was this? It was less than five dollars,” an emotional Sanusi said.
“This is what happens every day in this country. Children die because their parents cannot afford five dollars, that a mother will watch her child die because she does not have five dollars,” He added.
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Meanwhile, the former CEO of the defunct Oceanic Bank, Cecilia Ibru has accused Sanusi of persecuting her because he thought she wanted his job as Governor of the Central Bank.
Cecilia said Sanusi, now the Emir of Kano also ordered the withdrawal of her personal driver and security personnel.