The Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II has cautioned politicians who hide behind the mask of religion to exploit Nigerians.
Sanusi stated this in Katsina State recently while delivering a speech marking International Youth Day and a graduation ceremony at Katsina Vocational Training Centre.
He said it was not surprising that states, which placed too much emphasis on religion over development, lagged behind in socio-economic milestones.
The centre, founded by the late M.D. Yusuf, a former Inspector General of Police, empowers youths, particularly the physically challenged.
The emir called on government to engage youths through increased investment in agriculture. He also urged politicians to sign peace pacts before next year’s general election and discourage youths from violence.
On its part, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) warned the presidency and the Nigeria Police against acts capable of threatening democracy. It also urged the legislative and executive arms of government to collaborate in the interest of smooth governance.