In a thought-provoking commentary on the current state of affairs in Nigeria, the 14th Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II, has expressed his concern over the passivity exhibited by Nigerians towards politicians who often take them for granted. In a widely circulated video, Sanusi underscored the need for citizens to resist intimidation from political leaders, including the president and governors, and to hold them accountable for their actions.
Sanusi, who previously served as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), emphasized that the reluctance of many Nigerians to engage in politics does not diminish their significance or authority as individuals. He lamented the prevailing climate of fear and urged fellow citizens to overcome their apprehension, especially when it comes to voicing dissent and challenging political leaders.
“We cannot be intimidated by somebody because you are a president or you are a governor, and we cannot tell you that you are wrong,” Sanusi remarked, urging Nigerians to stand up for what they believe in.
He further emphasized the imperative of speaking out against political incompetence and demanding accountability. Sanusi argued that failure to do so could jeopardize the future of the nation, leaving upcoming generations without a country to call their own.
Sanusi’s words resonated deeply with his observation that too many Nigerians tolerate subpar governance and are afraid to disrupt the status quo. He pointed out that the complacency of citizens allows politicians to continue with impunity, potentially leading to irreversible consequences for the nation.
“For the young people, do not fail. This is your country, this is your future. Help us build this country,” Sanusi urged, encouraging the youth to take an active role in shaping the nation’s destiny.
The former emir’s candid assessment serves as a call to action for Nigerians to embrace their power as citizens and demand accountability from those in positions of leadership. His message underscores the importance of civic engagement and the responsibility of every individual to contribute to the betterment of the nation. As the discourse surrounding political participation and accountability gains momentum, Sanusi’s words serve as a reminder that the future of Nigeria depends on the collective efforts of its people.