NIGERIA: Spending 80%-Plus revenues on maintaining public office holders is unsustainable – Emir Sanusi of Kano

March 11, 2016


“You sometimes wonder if anyone needs to tell any group of people that if you are a poor country, you do not need 36 governors, 36 deputy governors, with members of house of assembly, commissioners and advisers, Special assistants, a president, a vice president, 36 ministers, special advisers, federal legislature and so on.

“Simple arithmetic will tell you that if you have that structure, you are first of all doomed to spending 80 or 90 per cent of everything you earn maintaining public officers. It is really common sense but it seems to be a problem for us to understand it,” he added.

– Emir of Kano at Olabisi Onabanjo University


Emir Sanusi wants Nigeria restructured

Friday, March 11, 2016. 6:25 a.m. [GMT]

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5 Comments on “NIGERIA: Spending 80%-Plus revenues on maintaining public office holders is unsustainable – Emir Sanusi of Kano”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    Emir of Kano – I thought Emir’s mouth is covered so he only speaks through an interpreter? Emir Sanusi can’t be silenced as he knew Nigeria too well.

    The list he listed is only scratching the surface as each executive also has a dozen-plus household help on the government payroll (Femi Fani-Kayode loves to show his off online).
    I can’t wait to see him talking about how our decorated royals (including himself) can be better agents for positive change.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Folakemi,

      Thank you very much for this.

      I personally have no idea why his mouth is covered and had never given it a thought, pardon me! At least we all can hear – loud and clear – his opinions on the state of Nigeria, especially the absurd area of remuneration and maintaining government functionaries in luxury with most of the country’s wealth while the majority live in abject poverty.

      Yeah, it would be interesting to read of these traditional rulers become agents of positive change rather than the chasing of government contracts that their top hierarchy has become in recent years.

      Making news – or trending in younger people-speak – right now in your Nigerian neighborhood is the new Ooni’s taking of a new bride! How about that for “change”? From your essay on his recent ascendancy to the throne and a few quick actions, I know we were not expecting this?

      My regards,

      Liked by 1 person


      • folakemiodoaje Says:

        Ha, I didn’t get the ‘memo’ on Prince Charming Ojaja II. No, it didn’t even occur to me, now I see why it was photos of his sisters that they show quite a bit during the coronation. I read that Ojaja II and his ex are divorced. In a way I say good for the lady (ex) it would be really hard being an Olori if the relationship between her and the king is full of tension.

        It seems Ojaja II’s new wife is a mature woman which makes Ojaja II a bit of a bigger man than Emir Sanusi with his new 18 year-old – he must have been preying on the poor girl since infancy.

        I don’t believe being a traditional royals automatically makes one grow appetite for multiple wives, it is in the blood of the doer, regardless.


      • emotan77 Says:

        Dear Fola,

        You are more current than I am and it is understandable! While one can understand the position of the young monarch, it just seems to me that the process could have been completed prior to the coronation as it apparently could not have been gestated these last couple of months. But then, that would not be Nigerian, would it?

        As for Kano’s Emir, I know I must not say who-cares about middle-age and old age geriatric men who hide behind their faith to go after bare adolescents but in that matter, I’ve long become resigned to a major reason why Nigeria does not differ in tongues, only; it is a country of very different people, different cultures AND VERY different values.

        Sinncere regards,

        Liked by 1 person


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