Renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has lambasted the politicians who hired private jets to Kano for the wedding of Yusuf Buhari, the president’s only son.
On Friday, Yusuf got married to Zarah, one of the daughters of Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi.
According to reports, governors, ministers and other top politicians spent millions of naira to fly no fewer than 50 private jets for the wedding.
In one of his sermons over the weekend, Gumi wondered the rationale behind the opulence at a time when there is hardship in the land.
He said:“When Prophet Mohammed married off his daughter, who came from Mecca or Yemen? In the entire Medina, no righteous persons to oversee the solemnisation?
“Somebody told me private jets in Nigeria were all hired for the wedding of Buhari’s son. With your money, you can’t get a private jet because they were all booked.
“Some people are in captivity in both the bush and cities. Hunger is everywhere. People are facing all manner of problems, yet politicians spent public funds on private jets.
“First it was not an obligatory religious gathering. Second, public funds were taken to hire the private jets.
“You are spending money to hire jets to go to wedding, while criminals are holding people to ransom in the bush. The criminals (bandits) are milking the people.
“Some people have never earned N1 million in their life, but bandits would demand N10 million. How many people sold their houses, farms, everything… and collected loans to pay ransom?
“People think only those in the bush milk us dry, no! Even our leaders milk us dry. Where did they get the money to hire all these jets?
“In one of the states, some pictures of a dilapidated hospital were sent to me. The roof was blown off and a patient was lying on the bed. That governor was in Kano to attend wedding.
“How many schools were rehabilitated? The money that should be used to cater for the people is the one they hire private jets to junket around. Are you not also a bandit?
“We vent our anger against ourselves, other tribes. People are left killing themselves because of poor leadership.”