Following his untoward remark directed at the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, Garba Shehu has been blasted for attacking the royal father.
President Muhammadu Buhari and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi
Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser, Electronic Media, Reno Omokri, has blasted Garba Shehu for his misguided utterances against the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi after saying he spoke without facts.
Sanusi had asked the Government to jettision the idea the $30billion loan idea as it will force the country into more debt. But, the Presidency through the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu had said the Emir was saying things he has no facts about.
"“With every respect to the Emir, you know he is my ruler because I come from Kano. He does not have his facts as far as those issues are concerned.” Shehu said.
But Omokri has blasted Shehu for his utterances, saying that he should remember that the position he holds is for a short time and when he gets out of it, he will answer for his unguided utterances.
Reno stated: "The presidency’s response to the Emir of Kano, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II is most pedestrian. How can anyone in his right mind call Sanusi Lamido ‘ignorant’! Really? Ignorant!!
Even if Garba Shehu was directed to issue that statement he should also direct his mind to know that there is life after directives!
Even before President Muhammadu Buhari indicated an interest in running for the office of President of Nigeria in 2002, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (as he then was) was one of his first advocate who, as early as 2002, had publicly promoted the idea of a Buhari presidency as the panacea to Nigeria’s many leadership woes.
Was he ‘ignorant’ then?
The same Sanusi was the poster boy of the All Progress Congress when he made allegations against the Jonathan administration to the effect that it was unable to account for $49 billion. At that time, the APC took out center page advertorials promoting Sanusi and castigating the Jonathan administration. Was he not ‘ignorant’ then?
I doubt if amongst the ministers and appointees of the Buhari administration there can be found any individual who is as knowledgeable as Emir Sanusi.
Is it Buhari’s minister of finance who graduated from a polytechnic (University of East London was a polytechnic when Kemi Adeosun attended it and that is her highest academic qualification, BSc economics and a post graduate diploma) or the minister of budget that does not know how much Nigeria owes, or the sports minister that thinks Nigerian athletes are too hungry to go for the World Cup. Tell me who amongst Buhari’s ministers is as enlightened as the erudite and intellectual Emir Sanusi?
The Buhari administration would do well to listen more than it insults or the economy may collapse even further than it has. Then we will know who is truly ‘ignorant’!"