- Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has sent an important message to President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration
- Sanusi warned that federal character should not be pursued at the expense of competence
- The ex-CBN governor said that Nigeria would grow if she shunned the politics of regionalism and ethnicity
As Nigeria celebrates her 60th independence anniversary, the former emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has asked Nigerians not to pursue achieving federal character at the expense of merit and competence.
The Cable reports that the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), advised Nigerians to respect merit and performance rather than the doctrine of federal character, adding that practice has not made the country better.
Legit.ng gathered that while speaking on Thursday, October 1, at The Platform, an annual conference organised by Covenant Christian Centre in Lagos, to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th independence, Sanusi said Nigeria would grow if she shunned the politics of regionalism and ethnicity.
“We should have federal character but why do we have a minister that can deliver but another that cannot deliver. Why is a federal character always pursued at the expense of merit and competence?
“What are our national values? Are we a country that respects merit? Are we a country that rewards performance? Are we a country that places the people at the heart?”
Sanusi said the federal character doctrine has not solved the problem of marginalisation which has been a subject of intense debate in the country.
The former CBN governor added:
“If you ask people why they are being marginalised, they would look at the composition of political offices. When you go down to the masses and find out who the poorest people are.
“Where do you have the highest number of out of school children? Where do you have the highest level of malnutrition? Where do you have the highest level of underemployment? Those are what affect the vast majority of Nigerians.
“Then you begin to know who the truly marginalised people are. And you would be surprised to know those who have been – quote and unquote, marginalising others politically. If you look at political officers, they actually come from areas where people are most marginalised when you look at real economic indicators.
“So until we get out of this almost juvenile obsession of where is this person from, what religion does he have and actually begin to ask those who want to be president, ministers and governors – what are your credentials? What do you bring to the table? What do you have to offer the people.”
Sanusi said the country has to focus on building human capital given that more than half of Nigeria’s 200 million population are under the age of 20.
He warned that Nigeria would have bigger problems in the next 20 years if its working population lacks the skills needed to build an economy.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Sanusi identified those he believes are to blame for the religious and ethnic crisis Nigeria is currently going through.
It was reported that Sanusi said the political elites are behind all the crises in Nigeria, adding that they fight among themselves for the leadership of the country.
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