Friday, 31 July 2015

SANUSI EXPRESSES UNEASINESS OVER $6BN STOLEN BY NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA

Lamido Sanusi II, Emir of Kano
The immediate past Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who is the current Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi II, has expressed discomfort over the recent revelation by the Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, that the immediate past Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, stole a sum of $6bn. He described the act as outrageous. According to the highly respected Emir of Kano, if such a monumental fraud happens in any Third World country, the economy would collapse.

Sanusi made the statement when the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, led by its Executive Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji, paid him a courtesy visit in his palace. He was also agitated over how contractors conduct their businesses under substandard agreement, for instance how contractors connive with some public office holders to siphon national resources with high level of impunity.

He added: “But with our President Muhammadu Buhari’s high sense of responsibility and doggedness,   I am optimistic that things will change for better. I am very hopeful that Mr. President will do everything possible to fight corruption to a standstill.”

Moreover, the highly revered monarch called on the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission to appreciate the need to collaborate with other sectors of the society, by showing commitment and determination, in the fight against corruption.

He said: “If you want to succeed in your newly assigned responsibility, you must be ready to deal with corrupt officials. The fight against corruption starts from the top, not from the bottom.”

Earlier, the Executive Chairman of the commission, Muhuyi Magaji, disclosed that they were at the Emir’s palace to seek his blessings and guidance, adding that the commission would establish offices in all the 44 local government areas of the state in order to galvanise their operations.