Count Me Out of Politics– Deposed Emir Sanusi
The 14th Emir of Kano and Khalifa Tijjaniya in Nigeria, Muhammmadu Sanusi II has declared that they should count him out of politics and does not want to be President of Nigeria.
The immediate past Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said he had never hidden his intention about anything including becoming the Emir of Kano.
“I never hid the fact that my ambition was to be the Emir of Kano. In fact, I have never hidden my intentions about anything. So if I ‘say I am not interested in politics it is because I’m not interested in politics. If I wanted to go into politics I will come out and say I’m contesting for the president of Nigeria. I am a Nigerian. But I’m not interested. This is because I haven’t prepared myself for politics” the firmer Emir said.
“I had prepared myself for a long time for an academic life, I prepared myself for the Emir, I prepared myself for banking and finance but I have no one day experience in politics. You can’t just jump into politics, you learn”, he added.
To occupy his time, the former Emir said he has secured admission to the University of London for a PhD in Law programme.
He will be writing on “the codification of Muslim family laws as an instrument of social reform”.
Sanusi who spoke at a reception organised by the Nigerian Platform(NP) in his honour to mark his 60th birthday in Abuja, said fear and greed are the two critical factors that have destroyed Nigeria.
He said his prison experienced has moulded him not to be afraid of going to prison or dying.
Sanusi noted the country has a problem if privileged Nigerians fail to think of how to help the less privileged everyday.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the Nigerian Platform and the Danburam of Gombe, Dr Aliyu Modibbo Umar in his opening remarks said the Platform was birthed by Nigerian Likeminds with the plan to brainstorm and proffer solutions that would reverse the negative manifestations within the Nigerian nation to ensure that the dream trajectory of sustainable growth and development envisaged by its founding fathers, supported by huge natural potentials embedded in its composition; is put back on track to make it one of the best economies in the world.
He said the methodology adopted; required that a group of like-minded Nigerians with experiences in various fields of endeavor to come together to articulate a programme of action.
This, according to him, gave birth to the Nigeria Platform Group.
He further noted that the composition was designed to include 40% older generation and 60% of the younger generation with a resolved to make sure that at least 40 per-cent of the membership is made up of women.
The objective behind such an arrangement is obvious. First, is to draw on the vast knowledge and experience of the older generation; and two, to leverage on the youthful energy, technology driven expertise and modern intuitions of the younger generation to blend the two towards the development of a long-term; measurable and sustainable plan for the next 30 to 50 years from now that is supported by a defined ideology. In doing that, it was also the intention to expose the younger ones to mentorship from the older generation to prepare them for leadership in the future.