– Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against praise singers and sycophants;
– He said praise singers are the real enemies of the government
The Emir of Kano and former CBN Governor, Muhammadu Sanusi II has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against praise singers and sycophants noting that the praise singers around the president are the real enemies of the government who could destroy his efforts in making Nigeria great.
Sanusi made this comment at the 10th Kehinde Sofola (SAN) memorial lecture in Lagos on Thursday, March 24.
The Emir who said he feels sorry for the people in government because they are surrounded by enemies said the president needed people who will tell him when he goes wrong.
The emir said because he knew power was transient, he spoke the truth during his time as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, no matter the consequences. He also said some were afraid to speak out against evil because they were afraid of losing their jobs.
“All the people they were afraid of years ago, where are they today? For those who are still in power, remember that it is transient,” he asked rhetorically. “If you want to be a true Nigerian, tell the present government where they’re going wrong,” he said.
Recalling his exit from the CBN, he said: “At the end of the day, this job, Central Bank, I’d leave it someday. I could die, or my tenure expires, or I’d be sacked. I had no control over it. But I have a control over how I live.
“I wasn’t surprised about my suspension; I knew it would happen, because I had been called and asked to resign, and I said ‘no’. I was not going to make it easy for anyone. My answer was simple. You asked me to resign for telling you money has been stolen. Ask the minister to resign first.”
The former CBN boss noted that fear holds those in government back from speaking truth to power.
“You forget that the person, either the president or the governor, is also occupying a transient position. All the people that people were afraid of two, three years ago, where are they today?
“Power is transient. The only thing that is permanent is what you do for people when you were alive. If you’re a governor or a president or a minister, it does not matter how much you have; you will be remembered for service, not the amount of money you have that you cannot even announce,” he said.