People should give birth to children that they can cater for, says Sanusi

People should give birth to children that they can cater for, says Sanusi

- Former Emir Muhammad Sanusi II is not backing down on his calls for downtrodden Nigerians to reduce the number of children they have

- The former Emir of Kano had kick-started the advocacy even as a monarch in northern Nigeria's commercial city

- The ex-monarch used the opportunity of an economic summit in Lagos to reiterate his calls for effective measures for Nigeria's population control

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Former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi ll, has called for the implementation of strict family planning laws to regulate Nigeria’s population while reiterating that people ought to give birth to children that they can cater for.

Sanusi made the statement on Wednesday, February 17 during the ongoing Ehingbetti Economic Summit in Lagos state.

He further stated that emerging realities have shown that government cannot adequately provide the needed infrastructure for the surging population of children in the country.

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He also faulted the extant arrangement in the country where people can give birth to several children, not minding their financial strength.

People should give birth to children that they can cater for, says Sanusi

Emir Sanusi has always been vocal about issues around population control. Photo credit: @ThisIsHHSanusi
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Daily Trust quoted him as saying:

“The idea that people can marry any number of wives they want without any kind of regulation to produce the number of children they can produce without being able to feed them and educate them is something that basically is completely antithetical even to Islamic law.
“I don’t know why but there is a mindset against implementing the appropriate regulations in Islam which is that you do not build families you cannot maintain and you cannot abandon this responsibility. People should not produce children they can’t care for.”

The former Central Bank of Nigeria governor also called on Nigerians to embrace family structure, child spacing, and family planning, adding that they are integral to human capital development of nations.

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Meanwhile, a popular Nigerian pastor, David Ibiyeomie has built a brand new primary school where students are on a full scholarship.

On Tuesday, February 2, the 58-year old pastor dedicated the school named Home of Success Academy.

The school is an A-level primary school with all the basic amenities needed and a very conducive environment for learning. had reported that Gbaramatu Voice, a community newspaper in the Niger Delta, chose the pastor as one of the beneficiaries of its Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Pastor Ibiyeomie was honoured alongside very distinguished Niger Delta personalities like ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, elder statesman; Chief Edwin Clark, and publisher of the Vanguard Newspapers Limited, Elder Sam Amuka.

Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at


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