Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, has told deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to find consolation in God in his time of trials and have faith that the masses he speaks for will stand for him and make his future bright.
Babachir said in a letter to Sanusi that he had been in the shoes of the deposed monarch and the monarch’s stance for the poor and the downtrodden especially in the North, will eventually lead to his emergence as a better person.
In the letter made available to newsmen in Yola, Babachir said, “Your Royal Highness. Please, note that wherever and however you may be now, God is with you. Good Nigerians are with you and we the lovers of the North stand with you.
“Given the way God does His things, this is only the beginning of good things and His showers of blessings upon you.
“We lovers of Nigeria particularly the Northern Nigerian ones, have listened to you and are in total agreement with what you say and the way you say it and we shall yet celebrate with you.
“You are a hero of all the poor, the uneducated and the oppressed northerners in particular and indeed Nigerians.
“You are hated by the corrupt rich, the educated illiterates, the tribalists, some hardline feudalists and religious bigots, but God is God. Man can only be a tin god for a brief period, wither like the flower.”
Making reference to similar situations of two other Nigerian leaders, Babachir said, “I urge you to reflect on the experiences of two of the country’s past leaders, General Olusegun Obasanjo who was thrown into prison but ended being a two-term President, sitting on the seat once forcefully occupied by his persecutors; and Muhammadu Buhari who was overthrown and banished to a town where he spent more than a year under house arrest; but who nevertheless now sits on the seat once occupied by his persecutors as a second term President.
“These are just two living examples of God’s faithfulness. God never changes.”