Sanusi’s unwarranted attacks on Buhari 

Recent negative comments by the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and deposed 14th Emir of Kano,  Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, on the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari did not come to most Nigerians as a big surprise. 

SLS’s grouse with PMB is that despite his lobbying for his reinstatement as CBN governor, PMB refused the entreaties to return Sanusi as the apex bank’s governor. That is PMB’s crime against SLS 

Sanusi, as a social critic, has a long history of rubbishing anything that he hasn’t been opportune to add his voice into. A few weeks ago, Sanusi openly declared: “it would be unfair to blame President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the current bad shape of the economy”. 

Sanusi, an economist, did not hesitate to put the blame at the door steps of the immediate-past Buhari administration for the woes; claiming that “the Buhari administration left the country’s economy in a deplorable condition”.

In his several articles published by some Nigerian newspapers in the past, Sanusi’s  writings have raised concerns that many were described as not only controversial but and also inciting. This he did in the years before his appointment as CBN governor. Criticisms, without justifiable reasons, have become his stock in trade. 

In 2013, the then CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi was investigated. The investigator found that Sanusi abused his powers and committed atrocities as contained in a 50-page report submitted to the then President Goodluck Jonathan. 

Luckily for him and before President Jonathan acted, Sanusi had become an emir under very mysterious and questionable circumstances which conferred on him an unofficial and unconstitutional immunity. 

That report is still lying in the Presidency’s shelf and may be it will be considered by President Tinubu. One wonders why President Buhari did not consider it strategic enough to attend to it. 

In spite of all the mess he had put CBN  into, Sanusi continues to parade himself as a preacher of righteousness and an economist of repute. 

Regrerably, the rot Sanusi left in the CBN had set a precedent of alleged malfeasance. His successor, Godwin Emefiele, only built on it and moved it up the ladder. The CBN became government’s ATM

Incidentally, the man who investigated Sanusi, Obaze, found that he committed atrocities. He is the same man that has been investigating Emefiele.

The possibility is that one day Obaze or another patriotic Nigerian may revisit Sanusi Lamido’s running of the CBN and particularly the report submitted to President Jonathan by Obaze.

The simple truth is that like the current emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, said,

“There is hunger and starvation in the land”. Which were largely brought about by the removal of petroleum subsidy by the PBAT administration that SLS has till date vigorously pursued and defended day and night. 

Though the current situation brought about by the withdrawal of fuel subsidy didn’t start with this government, the situation has now become more alarming and needs urgent attention and intervention by well meaning Nigerians. .

Nevertheless, what appears to be a defence of the Tinubu government in Sanusi’s utterances has brought to memory what the former CBN governor personifies.

In March 2020, SLS was deposed and banished from his ancestral throne as the 14th Emir of Kano on the basis of being accused of insubordination to the then governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.

With his long record as a critic of fiscal and monetary policies perceived to be anti-people, analysts are wondering why he chose to align with President Tinubu amidst the harsh economic reality in the country. 

People wonder why he hasn’t seen anything wrong with the PBAT administration and why he chose to toe the lone path of supporting the removal of fuel subsidy that has brought untold hardship to Nigerians.

Musa Ilallah,

Emeka Anyaoku Street,

Maitama, Abuja

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