Ex-emir Sanusi makes disturbing revelation about Nigeria's governance structure

Ex-emir Sanusi, Lamido Sanusi, the 14th emir of Kano state who was dethroned by the governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje
Emeh Joy

Ex-emir of Kano state, Muhammadu Sanusi II has dropped a bombshell message for the Nigerian government saying that the current governance structure in the country is unsustainable. He said the country might go bankrupt with the existing structure.

According to reports, Sanusi who spoke at a webinar hosted by Emmanuel Chapel, with the theme "Mitigation of the economic impact of COVID-19 and the path to recovery", called for the review and reduction of the cost of governance in the nation.

He said deliberations must be made on how to amend the structure in the face of the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to increase productivity, the government should redeploy personnel from civil service areas "where many people do administrative works to areas like education and healthcare", he said.

In his speech, he said, "Now, I'm sure that with the shortfall in revenues and where the oil price is, after debt service, we probably have to borrow to pay salaries. We have got to look at that structure.

"If you have a company and you have extremely high overheads, and you need a high contribution margin to break even, you would be looking at how to reduce cost.

"So, we have a constitution that says we should have a president and a vice president, we must have a minister from every state of the federation, whether or not it's 36 ministries; we should have 109 senators and 360 members of the house of representatives.

"It also said we should have 36 governors, 36 deputy governors, each state with its house of assembly and comprising many legislators, 774 local government chairmen, councillors, the personal assistants and special assistants (at all levels), staff members and vehicles.

"Do we need bicameral legislature; do we need close to 500 legislators in Abuja; do we need the hundreds of state legislators; what are they doing? Do we need all these local government chairmen and councillors, or do we need to look at the structure?"

Sanusi repeatedly called for a review of the governmental structure in the nation.

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