Emir of Kano blasts Fashola, Adeosun, others

The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has decried the absence of government officials at a meeting with investors in Washington DC, USA.

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Speaking to journalists on Saturday in Washington DC at an investment programme organised by the Nigerian Embassy, Sanusi said Nigeria might lose investors because of it.

Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture; Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology; Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture; Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power; Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources; Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance; Kayode Fayemi Minister of Solid Minerals, who were all billed for sessions at the event, were absent.

Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria; Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission; Yemi Osinbajo, vice president and governors were also absent.

“For the person sitting in London and who has a billion dollars to invest, he’s got Nigeria, he’s got Ghana, he’s got Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, you may be the biggest economy, but he may decide that rather than go through the hassle of investing $500 million in nigeria, why not put $100 million in Ghana, $100 million in Rwanda, $100 million in Cote d’Ivore, just to have diversification benefit and the benefit of reaching out.

“We had a meeting today with investors, we were supposed to start by 9am we started at 10. When I came in they took me to the ambassador’s office to sit down, when investors were waiting down there. We had a list of people who were to be here, vice president, ministers, some of them are in town, but they haven’t come up.

“You invite top investors, your ministers are in Washington and they do not come to talk to the investors about Nigeria. That is not how you attract investors. If you have this forum in the Rwandan embassy, I assure you President Kagame himself would be there telling people to come to Rwanda,” Sanusi said.

According to the monarch, there was no reason for the absence of the officials and the challenges faced at the beginning of the event.

Sanusi added: “Sometimes, it is about how we market ourselves, how we package ourselves. There is absolutely no reason for the Nigerian embassy to arrange a Nigeria is open for Business forum with ministers in town, with governors in town and not have the coordination that they are actually here to meet with these investors.

“There is no reason why we should start one hour late, and there is no reason why the public address system should not work. Because at the end of the day, this is the first point of the country, he hasn’t even come to Nigeria so what will be his experience in Abuja and he is saying if I am having this experience in Washington, what will happen when I go to Abuja, when I go to Kano, how do I get to see the governor will it take me 10 hours?” the monarch said.



  1. All those people that calls themselves ministers are THIEVES. They are holding their own special meetings with their CRONIES.
    We have to change these setting in 2019. Youths pls get yourselves together. NIGERIA is a ROGUE Country, and that needs to be CHANGED. PLEASE

    • Look, it’s not about youth and old, it’s about overhauling of the system where accountability counts and where any of the people who are called to serve will begin to see themselves as servants and not rulers as we have today and not a call to enrich themselves. If the youths get there with this type mentality the same rot we will experience. So what we need is change of attitude towards services to the Nation. We all have a big role to play in this, because if an honest man is appointed and does not steal we tend to see him as a fool while we hail the thieves who milk us dry, so we need orientations concerning how that country will be great again

  2. Those government officials are at present preoccupied with their desperation to retain power in 2019, rather than care about the economic development of Nigeria
    They are there in US to hold politcal meetings and to do their usual elaborate shopping jamboree
    It is down to the Nigeria youths to put their act together and wrest power from those bunch of failures
    It’s qiute apparent both PDP and APC have tried and failed woefully and deserves to be consigned to the archive

  3. Good talk, good observation Rankashedede.

    That’s the difference between a purposeful administrator and a civil servant director/politician.

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