Muhammadu Sanusi, the former Emir of Kano says he has no interest in running for Nigerian Presidency come 2023.
Rather, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said he is contended with being the Khalifa of the Tijjaniyah sect in Nigeria.
According to the Punch, Sanusi spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital on Monday during a a reception for him (Sanusi) as part of activities marking the 80th birthday of Babanla Adinni of Egbaland, Chief Tayo Sowunmi.
While noting that Nigeria needs good politicians as it approaches the general election, he warned that the country “is living on extra time”.
He declared that the country would be facing deeper challenges from 2023 and advised presidential aspirants to be prepared for the numerous challenges confronting the country.
“To be honest, we are living on extra time. In 2015, we were in a deep hole. In 2023, we will be in an even much deeper hole than in 2015,” Sanusi said.
“Those struggling to be President, I hope they understand that the problems that they are going to face are multiples of the problems that were faced in 2015. All of us have to be ready for difficult decisions and if they are taken, we are all going to pay for them.”
“But the solution is not for all of us to jump into politics. This country needs good politicians. It needs imams, pastors and bishops who are going to stand up and remind them (politicians) of the fear of God. It needs technocrats who are going to critique their policies. It needs traditional rulers who are going to speak as the conscience of the people. Everyone has a role to play and we should try to play that role to the best of our ability.”