Return to Initial stand of free Palestinian State, Emir Sanusi tells FG
The Emir of Kano, Malam Malam Muhammad Sanusi II, yesterday called on the federal government to return to its initial stand of a free Palestinian state as against the stand the nation took during President Goodluck Jonathan’s era.has slammed ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for refusing to vote for the Palestine State. He called on the federal government to review earlier activities in respect of Palestine State.
According to the Emir, it has never happened in the entire Nigerian history from the leadership of Aguiyi Ironsi, General Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo, Tafawa Balewa among others when any of these leaders refused to vote in favour of Palestine to became a state. Emir Sanusi stated that facts were that since the creation of Nigeria, the nation has supported Palestine.
“For decades Nigeria has been in the support of free Palestine until during the Jonathan era when Nigeria played a vital role is the loss of Palestinian bid to put an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories at the UN Security Council. I believe it is time for Nigeria to revisit its stand on Palestine,” the Emir emphasised.
The emir made the call during a one-day international conference on Palestine with the theme, Palestine question; Issues, Challenges and Actions, organised by the Center for Promotion of Shari’a in collaboration with Jama’atut Tajdidil Islamiya and the Afro-Middle East Center, South Africa held in Kano.
The Emir said that President Goodluck Jonathan has during his reign denied Palestine Nigeria’s vote to live in peace under Palestine State in the floor of the United Nations. He noted that the human rights of Palestines are violated with impunity adding that even animals enjoy more rights than the Palestines. He also observed that Jonathan’s failure to vote for Palestine cost the death of many Palestines. He also observed that Jonathan’s failure to vote for Palestine cost the death of many Palestinians.
He advised the organisers and Muslims to look at the Palestine crisis and come up with measures capable of bringing lasting solution to the problem. According to Sanusi, what obtains in Palestine is no different from apartheid.