Former Special Adviser, Electronic Media, to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has blasted the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, for calling Emir of Kano, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi, ‘ignorant’.
The Presidency had said Sanusi, a former Central Bank Governor, did not possess facts about the Central Consolidated Account domiciled in the apex bank and had no right to speak on the over drawing made by government from the account.
Last Friday, Sanusi asked the federal government to drop the $30billion loan idea, saying it would plunge Nigeria into unprecedented indebtedness, and that the fund would be difficult to realise.
Omokri has now waded into the matter and claims Buhari does not have any appointee or Minister in his cabinet as knowledgeable as the Emir.
He said in a statement: “The presidency’s response to the Emir of Kano, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II is most pedestrian. How can anyone in his right mind call Sanusi Lamido ‘ignorant’! Really? Ignorant!!
“Even if Garba Shehu was directed to issue that statement he should also direct his mind to know that there is life after directives!
“Even before President Muhammadu Buhari indicated an interest in running for the office of President of Nigeria in 2002, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (as he then was) was one of his first advocate who, as early as 2002, had publicly promoted the idea of a Buhari presidency as the panacea to Nigeria’s many leadership woes.
“Was he ‘ignorant’ then?
“The same Sanusi was the poster boy of the All Progress Congress when he made allegations against the Jonathan administration to the effect that it was unable to account for $49 billion.
At that time, the APC took out center page advertorials promoting Sanusi and castigating the Jonathan administration. Was he not ‘ignorant’ then?
“I doubt if amongst the ministers and appointees of the Buhari administration there can be found any individual who is as knowledgeable as Emir Sanusi.
“Is it Buhari’s minister of finance who graduated from a polytechnic (University of East London was a polytechnic when Kemi Adeosun attended it and that is her highest academic qualification, BSc economics and a post graduate diploma) or the minister of budget that does not know how much Nigeria owes, or the sports minister that thinks Nigerian athletes are too hungry to go for the World Cup. Tell me who amongst Buhari’s ministers is as enlightened as the erudite and intellectual Emir Sanusi?
“The Buhari administration would do well to listen more than it insults or the economy may collapse even further than it has. Then we will know who is truly ‘ignorant’!”