Sanusi accuses top officials of holding Nigeria to ransom over 2019 polls

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, has accused top Presidency officials and members of the National Assembly of wasting time on scheming for the 2019 polls, instead of attending to critical issues of governance.

The Emir, in a keynote address at the Kaduna Economic Summit in Kaduna state, said that in the last one month, the only thing coming out of the Presidency, National Assembly and the judiciary is politics.

The former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria contended that they have been holding Nigeria to ransom and not engaging in serious discussion around the people or the economy.

“If you have been following the Nigerian media recently you will be concerned about the leadership.

“The conversation is not about electricity, about infrastructure, about education, about healthcare.

“In the last one month all the conversation is about the National Assembly, the Executive and the judiciary, conflicts between this politician and that politician, confirmation of EFCC, there has been no serious conversation around the people,” he added.

He said further that “the problem with all that noise is that, it has all the consequences of noise, no matter what you are doing, if you create too much noise, nobody sees your good work.

“It’s all about constant struggle between certain politicians and others holding this entire country to ransom,’’ he noted.

He urged them to realise that the polls will hold in 2019 and not in 2017, adding that it is, too, early for top public officials to start-off their campaign for the 2019 polls

“So let me join the Sultan by calling on our political leaders at the State and National level to please remember that elections are in 2019 not 2017, it is not yet time, let’s talk about education and health care.

“We all understand when we get to late 2018, you stop working and politicize, we all understand that, but it is too early to leave your post, you can’t be in politics for four years,” he noted.


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