Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has said that political elites have manipulated restructuring to serve selfish interest.
Sanusi said this on Friday at the 9th Triennial National Conference of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria in Abuja.
Represented by Dr Bashir Umar of Ado Bayero University, Kano, Sanusi said the elites’ blind thirst for power has resulted in tribal and religious clashes.
He said: “It is not as if we are pro or anti-restructuring, but rather the restructuring has been turned into a fault line that is being manipulated and exploited by the elites.
“We have elite in the society that have received the best of care from the resources of the society. People of my age and those before me attended public schools from primary to university.
“Unfortunately, the elites that benefited from the system in the past have left public institutions to become vandalised, dilapidated and substituted it with a private education system that is affordable only to a very few.
“The health system has also been vandalised and now people have to go on medical tourism in India, Egypt, and Europe. The unfortunate thing is sometimes before you get the air ambulance the will of Allah will take place.”
The monarch said the elites that came into power after the military regime created a political class that instituted thuggery, election malpractices, corruption and destroyed the judiciary, civil service and security agencies.