2023: ‘Nigeria living on extra time’, ex-Emir Sanusi warns aspirants

Says, “I prefer being Tijjaniyyah Khalifa to President

The former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, yesterday, warned all presidential aspirants to prepare for the onerous task of moving the country out of the doldrums, declaring that Nigeria “is living on extra time” due to the myriads of challenges confronting it.

Sanusi, who is the leader of the Khalifa of Tijjaniyyah sect in Nigeria, spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State, during a reception organised in his honour as part of activities marking the 80th birthday of Babanla Adinni of Egbaland, Chief Tayo Sowunmi.

Fielding questions from newsmen, the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor said he has no presidential ambition in 2023.

While declaring that Nigeria would face more difficult times in 2023, he called on Nigerians to be ready to take tougher decisions in the interest of the country.

According to him, “People don’t understand the role we play as religious leaders, traditional rulers, that they think we should go and be a Governor or President, to be honest, I think that the role I play can be more than that of the President.

“To be Khalifa Tijjaniyyah is an office that personally that has proven the choice between that office and the Presidency, I will choose that office.

“If we all go into politics, who is going to make politicians to account? Who is going to stand up to tell them you are going wrong? Who is going to speak with the people and explain sometimes difficult policies that people don’t like, but which are in the long-term interest of the people?

“I can only speak about what I want, what I see and what I think, but at the end, we all have to submit ourselves”, he further stated.

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