Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, informed Bola Tinubu, the APC’s candidate for president in 2023, on Saturday that he is not a member of any political party.
On the occasion of the seventh edition of KadInvest, an annual event organized by the Kaduna State Investment Promotion Agency, Sanusi spoke in Kaduna State, North-West Nigeria.
The former governor of the CBN bemoaned Nigeria’s current monetary and economic problems, which include rising debt levels, imbalanced subsidy payments, and surging foreign exchange rates.
He sought accountability at the highest levels and openness in the management of the nation’s resources, arguing that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited should be handled independently rather than as a cash cow.
Sanusi also asked states to stop depending too heavily on the federal government.
“I keep repeating, hope you remember that I lost my job at the central bank for this same problem. It is not about a particular party. I have no party. My party is Nigeria. This is the problem we had in 2014. Asiwaju (Tinubu) knows my party is Nigeria,” he said whilst addressing the audience including Tinubu.
Sanusi, the keynote speaker, spoke on the topic, ‘Improving subnational resilience against global economic shocks’.
At the event, President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Maryam Katagum. Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai; and his Kebbi State counterpart, Abubakar Bagudu, were also in attendance.