After months of bickering, Jonathan, Emir Sanusi meet

Emir Sanusi meets President Goodluck Jonathan

The President invited the former CBN Governor to break Ramadan fast with him.

President Goodluck Jonathan and the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II, met for the first time on Wednesday since the monarch was turbanned last month and about five months after the president ordered his suspension as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

Both men met at iftar, the breaking of fast the president holds annually with top government officials who are Muslims and other prominent Islamic leaders in the country, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The one month Ramadan fast ends on Sunday.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt an invitation to attend the breaking of fast was dispatched to Mr. Sanusi, whose suspension as CBN Governor February 20 generated controversy, after the Sultan of Sokoto reached out to both men to reconcile.‎

Mr. Sanusi was appointed emir by the All Progressives Congress, APC, administration of Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso of Kano State in June following the death of his predecessor, Ado Bayero, but could not gain access to his palace as a result of police siege on it allegedly on the orders of the president.

The police explained that it took the action in other to stop looters and arsonists, who had protested the emergence of the new emir, from vandalising the sprawling palace.

Few weeks ago, the emir however personally and through intermediaries reached out to Mr. Jonathan to forget the past and sheathe his sword.

He was said to have assured the president in a telephone chat that he would not be partisan and he (president) should consider him henceforth as a friend. Mr. Sanusi subsequently moved into the palace on June 13.

The stand-off between both men began in February when Messrs. Jonathan suspended Mr. Sanusi from his position as CBN Governor over alleged “acts of financial recklessness and misconduct.”

The former CBN Governor was on official assignment in Niger Republic when his suspension was announced about four months to the end of his tenure.

A statement by the president’s spokesman, Reuben Abati ordered Mr. Sanusi to hand over to the most senior deputy governor of the CBN, Sarah Alade, who acted until a substantive governor was appointed.

He said the president was concerned about far-reaching irregularities under Mr. Sanusi, which had distracted the Bank from its pursuit and achievement of its mandatory.

Reacting to his suspension, Mr. Sanusi said he had no regret and noted that he was proud of his achievements since he assumed duties as the CBN helmsman in 2009.

“We all know what this is about, this is about consequences for the steps that I have taken, and this is something that was long overdue. I am surprised that it took them so long,” the former Governor had told an international news agency.

He said he would not return to the job, but would challenge his suspension in court.

He made good his threat first in Federal High Court, where he filed a suit against the president and two others – Attorney General of the Federation and Inspector General of Police – though the suit was struck out later.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole upheld the argument by the counsel to the defendants and transferred the matter to the National Industrial Court, NIC, from where Mr. Sanusi subsequently withdrew it on July 3 following his appointment as Emir after the death of his predecessor, Ado Bayero.

With the meeting Wednesday, both men can now be said to be on the road to reconciliation.


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  • NazirJos

    Hope he was not poisoned

    • tsunami1earthquake

      Christians don’t think along that line. Once a Christian forgives, he forgives and turns a new page to move on. That is not to be said for people of some other religion who will always insist on an eye-for-an-eye. Take note!

      • wode

        You are so deceitful and quite unguarded in your statement. As much as I wont want to tow this childish line like you, I will want you to make a single scriptural reference where it’s said that people of other religions shouldn’t be forgiven.
        On the part of GEJ, it was because he’s forgiven spirit that’s why he saw to the ousting of Timprey Silver ( who’s a Christian like him and from the same state) and recent impeachment of Nyanko.

        • tsunami1earthquake

          You know what? I enjoy this kind of rumbling like thunder from some Nigeria ‘religionists’! Why? Because when you eventually read through their statements you see those usual ‘shield-and-spear’ ready for combat, albeit most of the time with imaginary enemies. My earlier reaction was just impersonal; no particular religion, other than Christianity, was mentioned. So why this personal attack on me? As far as I know, no mention of ‘Wode’ appeared in that comment. But Wode jumped into the imaginary fray, ready to do battle with me! Wode, you have misfired because I shall not join you in any battle. If you say I am ‘deceitful’ or have made ‘unguarded’ statement, so be it, even though no other religion was mentioned. Or do you want to behave like the anecdotal old woman who becomes uncomfortable when dry bones are mentioned in a proverb? I hope not. Challenging me to scriptural references? No, you shall not get those from me either because I can see you are already cocooned up in your chosen religious belief; so it would serve no purpose whatsoever. Hmmm, calling my statement ‘childish’? I don’t know and you have really lost me in this case. Maybe we shall have to redefine that hackneyed word in the Nigerian lexicon: childish. The rumbling and fuming I saw in you and your reply have made you to misread my comment. For your information, I never said that ‘people of other religions shouldn’t be forgiven’. Please, calm down and read my earlier comment again, maybe as part of your lunch or breakfast dessert. Finally, Wode, I don’t know what religion you belong, but I must, however, say, ‘Barka da Sallah’ in advance.

          • wode

            Please note that, as you did, I didn’t mention any other religion apart from Christianity that you mentioned.

            Also note that, no one is out to attack you, it’s you that attacked others! No body would have got disturbed if you had stopped with the first part of your statement. But going further to assert that “That is not to be said for people of some other religion who will always insist on an eye-for-an-eye. Take note!” you have, by so doing, attacked people of ALL OTHER RELIGIONS. This is where the problem lies. I don’t have to belong to any religion to make my comment.

            Lastly, I believe that in an environment where we have educated people, nothing, most especially categorical statement like yours, should be uttered without fact/reference, that’s the reason why I’m asking for one, if any at all.

          • tsunami1earthquake

            Goodness me! Why is this person taking this issue as if his person or life is involved? Why is this person raving and ranting in this manner? From the way I can perceive you seem like one who is quite odious to other people around you! Again I come back to point out the flaws in your statement. When has ‘some other religion’ become a definitive statement to a point that you alluded to it as something ‘categorical statement like yours’ as you mentioned? An ‘environment where we have educated people’, as you said? I don’t know about that judging from what is before me now. If ‘educated people’ means the inability to make a correct interpretation of a comment or statement, then count me out of that. I prefer to be counted among the uneducated to being in your group. Come, my friend, is there anything you’re hiding or would want to tell us? I ask this question because I don’t see any iota of reason for this outburst of yours! We must learn to be tolerant of other people’s opinions and not the kind of intolerance I see in you. It is this kind of intolerance that is now threatening to bring Nigeria to its knees. It’s this kind of ‘you-must-see-it-my-way’ otherwise you’d be killed for God that is pulling Nigeria towards Stone Age era. Please try to be tolerant and move on with your life, whatever it is.

          • wode

            I have made my point. Search your conscience and mend your ways. People of great and objective minds would read the discussion and can perceive the likely attributes of the persons making the comments.

      • Bisi Fowokan (Ilupeju)

        PRESIDENT JONATHAN IS TOO LOCAL

        Leave out the religion and face the crimes. A whopping 650 billion Naira remains un-accounted and missing at the Central Bank under Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. All Nigerians know that as a fact. So, the only question is: what happens now? The answer is not what each person thinks; no, the answer is what the law demands should happen, mandatorily. The law says any accused person for theft must be investigated or arrested for investigation, and prosecuted for complicity in theft. Here Sanusi Lamido is the accused person. That is what must happen, regardless of President Jonathan, because there is no statute of limitations for crimes.

        Can you imagine the President of the United States hugging the scammer – Bernard Madoff – inside the White House whilst Madoff awaited criminal indictment and arraignment for stealing? Surely not. So you can see how Goodluck Jonathan desecrates Nigeria’s institutions with his personal traits of recklessness. Mr. Goodluck Jonathan does not know the difference between right and wrong. He was not taught as child or failed to learn it, or at the very least, quite comfortable with stealing as an acceptable ethic. Any which way, Goodluck is too local to lead a modern institution. He suffers extreme inferiority complex and will quickly trade-off the laws of Nigeria to be accepted in a society of criminals he considers as shakers and movers of society.

      • Shehu

        WHAT DID HE DO TO DESERVE FORGIVENESS?????

  • Miss Dunni

    Goodluck Jonathan and Sanusi Lamido Sanusi can kiss if they want, but this all we know………

    • ₦38.23billion developed legs and got missing in Central Bank under Sanusi
    Lamido,

    • ₦1.97billion was paid out in cash and entered on Central Bank accounts as
    “inexplicable expense” by Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,

    • ₦20billion was paid out in cash as Legal Fees by Sanusi Lamido to persons
    un-known,

    • ₦3.086billion was paid out in cash by Sanusi Lamido as expense to promote
    Central Bank image,

    • ₦160billion was paid out for CBN on self-determined activities,

    • ₦240billion was discretionally doled out at will as ‘donations’ by Sanusi
    Lamido,

    • ₦1.12billion was taken in cash and entered as paid to a non-operating airline
    for charter service,

    • ₦1.12billion was claimed as spent by Sanusi Lamido on luncheon for CBN police
    guards in one year.

    • Jika

      You have forgotten to add the missing/unaccounted millions of Dollars by the NNPC.Or sorry I forgot that is a no go area.Meanwhile if you see Stella and Abatcha tell them to sleep easy because STEALING is NOT CORRUPTION.

    • Screw-em

      @Deri aka redeem…….na wa oooo!!…so dis one be your new handle…gender change..eh?,,na woman wrapper you one begin wear now…..lol…,wetin happen to the missing $20billion now?

      • wode

        You are so smart! You caught him/her so quickly.

      • redeem

        If Sanusi had any brains OR SHAME left in him-he would have hidden his Fulani head somewhere in Kano-What is he doing in Aso Rock-to eat part of his alleged missing 20b when he stole more than that amount in CBN? Where did he get the 100m he gave to Buhari-to enable him slug it out with president–in 2011-Why are u Nigerians not talking about that? Did he not give Buhari another 65b contract-?—ati the 10b he wasted in renovating–palaces around 9ja-And did Sanusi remember to use part of that money to improve the (Mengis Palace)at Nembe Ama in Bayelsa state? A traditional stool which is over 100yrs older than his fake fulani emirate in Kano?
        Look at the fulani emirs-sultan of sokoto–then the lamido of Adamawa–Fulani–another in Kwara-then the emir of Kano-among others-All these traditional rulers are fulanis-Study that against the back-drop of the presidential candidates in APC-U will discover that they are all Fulanis- And u want me to have respect for that type of traditional stool or institutions? One of which is that of Sanusi- made available to him via the leprosy fingers of the janjaweeds in APC? Haba malam-why would he not black-mail the president over the alleged missing 20b-which he declared-4 months after his indictment–by a panel of investigators-See the way the fulanis have been operating b4 and after lugards era-hence the fulani war by boko haram-designed to dwarf the thioughts of the real natives in the north-

        • Wähala

          Shameless clown, see how easily he has smoked you out?
          Premium Times blocked my initial comment that beat him to it, you’re so lucky!

        • Shehu

          BECAUSE HE DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO HIDE THAT’S WHY YOU SEE HIM SO BRAVELY IN THE MIDST OF YOUR ATTACK DOGS. YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING TO HIM.

        • Shehu

          FULANI! FULANI!! FULANI ALL THROUGH. I PITY YOU BOY.

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  • Goddey

    Who cares. It is will not stop his dethronement when the time is right. Being an Emir is not an eternal immunity from reward for evil deeds. All the persecuted and families that lost jobs and die of heart attacks because of Sanusi’s revenge missions can never forget his deeds. Enjoy it while it lasts.

    • Shehu

      HAHAHA! TIME WILL TELL. BUT BEFORE THEN FIND SOMETHING BENEFICIAL TO DO INSTEAD OF WASTING YOUR TIME WITH YOUR POINTLESS COMMENTS HERE.

      • redeem

        chasing sanusi who is a shame to the nation-a rogue to the core-and man who is supposed to be in jail–with the noose around his neck-and who beheaded akaluka an Ibo trader is an efforts worth pursuing

        • Shehu

          EMPTY VESSELS MAKE THE MOST NOISE.

  • redeem

    Sanusi is evil–as for me I dont and will never understand the mentality of Nigerians– would the food that he is going to swallow bought with revenue from the SS-be able to pass through his throat? After all the lies and backstabbing he did with his party APC against the president?-As a fulani emir is it not time for their elites to reach out to boko haram–and ask them to stop the killings–by their fulani tribes men in boko haram? Now that he has gone to see the president-?-let Sanusi tell us what is going on through his mind–did he tell the nation the truth about the socalled Sanusi missing 20b–its really very sad to have such an unthkining fellow as an emir-in Nigeria—–The looks in his jan jaweeds fulani eyes are enough to tell u that this fulani man is a danger to society——he is not worth the trouble he put the nation through-4 good month after his indictment by a panel of investigators-Even Nyako would look like an angel b4 him-

    • Shehu

      @FRUSTRATED REDEEM, SO YOU ARE STILL IN YOUR HANGOVER TAKING ABOUT SUNUSI. IF SUNUSI IS EVIL ,THEN JONATHAN IS MORE EVIL ( I REALLY BELIEVE HE IS )THAN SUNUSI SINCE HE HAS BOWED TO ACCEPT HIM NOW. YOUR FRUSTRATION ABOUT THE FULANIS WILL ONLY LEAD YOU TO YOUR GRAVE. THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO THE FULANIS. PERIOD!!!!!!!!!

  • Mr. Abdin

    Now the PRESIDENT CAN SLEEP WITH HIS TWO EYES CLOSE.

  • Young

    His Royal Highness,
    Be careful, definitely he can uses other means against you. Please watch out…….

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      It would be interesting to see how long it would take boko haram to target SLS.

      They say the lion bares his teeth first at those whom it plans to devour; it is not always a smile.