2023: Lamido Sanusi Speaks On Political Ambition
The 14th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has denied eyeing the presidency seat in 2023, saying he’s content being the spiritual leader of the Tijaniyyah.
Sanusi said this in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, while reaction to a question at a reception marking the 80th birthday of Babanla Adinni of Egbaland, Chief Tayo Sowunmi, Daily Trust reported.
The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) noted that he had served in various capacities both in past and present “and I will forever be grateful to Allah.”
Meanwhile, Sanusi also declared at the gathering that Nigeria “is living on extra time”.
He said the country would face deeper challenges from 2023.
“To be honest, we are living on extra time. In 2015, we were in a deep hole. In 2023, we will be in an even much deeper hole than in 2015.
“The challenges facing all those people who are struggling to be President, I hope they understand that the problems that they are going to face are multiples of the problems that were faced in 2015 and all of us have to be ready for difficult decisions and if they are taken, we are all going to pay for it.”
Speaking further, Sanusi said Nigeria’s success does not lie in more people jumping into politics. He said what the country needs is good politicians, Imams and pastors and bishops who are going to stand up and remind them (politicians) of the fear of God.
The respected Islamic scholar added that Nigeria needs technocrats who are going to critique their (politicians’) policies and traditional rulers who are going to speak as the conscience of the people.
“Everyone has a role to play and we should try to play that role to the best of our ability.”