Muhammadu Sanusi II, the former Emir of Kano, says Nigerians should not vote for any politician who claims that everything will be easy once elected.
Speaking on Saturday at the closing ceremony of the 7th edition of the Kaduna Economic and Investment Summit, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said politicians must prepare the minds of citizens for tough decisions.
“Please let me request from our politicians. You must prepare the minds of Nigerians for difficult decisions,” he said.
“Anybody who tells you that it is going to be easy, please don’t vote for him. It is either he is lying to you or he doesn’t know what job he is going to get.
“You cannot with this level of debt service, with this level of collapse in revenue, with this level of poverty, you cannot take corrective decisions. Tariffs on the electricity sector will have to be corrected. Tariffs in the oil sector have to be corrected.
“But before we correct that, we have to deal with the opportunities for rent-seeking. You have to close off the inflated numbers, the false numbers.”
The former emir said whoever becomes president of the country in 2023 must probe petrol subsidy payments.
“They must give names of the ships that came and we must verify if those ships were in Nigeria on that date.
“You must bring evidence. That is what the law says. There must be proof before you pay the subsidy,” he said.