Mr. Peter Obi, the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general election has, as part of his continuing consultations with prominent Nigerian and other world leaders, held a meeting with the very influential and outspoken immediate past Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness (HRH) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II (CON).
Mr. Obi, who was also at Harvard University, USA where he had an insightful “Conversation on Prospects of Transformative Governance in Nigeria,” said on his twitter handle regarding his meeting with the 14th Emir of Kano that “I met with my dear friend and brother, HRH Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. We spent time exchanging views on matters pertaining to national interest, nation-building and broad concept of diversity, education, social inclusion, the economy, consumption and production patterns. ”
It was not expressly stated in the tweet, but it is strongly believed that Mr. Obi must have also discussed the upcoming Presidential Election with the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who, during the recently held United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) chaired the “Transforming Education Summit.”
The Summit, held on the sidelines of the UNGA was tagged “Transforming Education through Grassroots Innovation: A Localised Teacher-Led Approach” and was addressed by UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, the UN Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Amina Mohammed, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, and President Muhammadu Buhari, among others.
HH Khaleefa Muhammad Sanusi II (CON), the 14th Emir of Kano and Grand Khaleefa of the Tijjjaniya Order in Nigeria as well as a UN SDGs Advocate, is the initiator of the His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II (HHMS II) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative set up to assist teachers.
The initiative, which ensures that all teachers, no matter their gender, geography or socio-economic status get free access to a lifetime of continuous professional training and development, is said to have so far, benefitted no fewer than 30,000 teachers across Nigeria.
Education, which the erudite leader is championing, is also one of the sectors dearest to Mr. Obi, the Labour Party presidential Candidate, but it is clear, as stated by Mr. Obi in his tweet, that their meeting had a lot more to do with education.