Muhammad Sanusi, a former Emir of Kano and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, said yesterday that those who claim to represent the interests of the geopolitical zones of the country are fighting for their pockets. Sanusi, who said this at The Forum, an annual conference in Lagos organized digitally by the Covenant Christian Centre, led by Poju Oyemade, said that Nigeria has experienced a series of ethnoreligious crises that have culminated in a referendum being called by many ethnic groups.
On how to resolve the crisis and restore peace, the former governor of the CBN said that Nigerians must understand that every person must be a good representation of their values, faith, and ethnic groups, regardless of political office. He said those who claimed to represent the interest of southerners and northerners are more concerned about their pockets than happenings in the different areas they represent because of the political positions they hold. Sanusi said: “The ethnoreligious crisis comes not so much from Nigerians as from the elites of Nigeria.” In Nigeria, we have identities, but the creation of opposing identities, the political process, is simply the Nigerian elite vying for a share of the national cake among themselves.
“I don’t think it really concerns people who say they’re fighting for Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba. I mean, it’s about them and their families when they’re there at the end of the day. “There’s no one out there that really represents north, south, or east. If you look at the drawer, they say to be. There was never a government in the history of Nigeria that did not have citizens from every part of the world.
The first thing to realize, therefore, is that we have to get away from the sense that holding political office is what makes you a people’s representative.’
Sanusi also commended the federal government for its decision to abolish subsidies for petrol, adding that positive results will be achieved by the changes being implemented by the government. The event was organized to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th anniversary of independence. Sanusi said of girl-child education: “When you look at a nation like Nigeria, my impression is that the emphasis on girl-child education and women’s position is the most important SDGs that we can emphasis on.” You deal with a variety of problems if you educate a girl-child. “You are struggling with the opportunities you have provided to the growth of poverty.” Sanusi clarified that the girl child’s education is at the core of the growth and advancement of living standards. You are dealing with intergenerational poverty, you are dealing with death, you are dealing with nutrition; you are dealing with child education because educated women’s children are more likely to be educated than those who have not gone to school.