Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Emir of Kano says Buhari's forex policy encourages corruption

Sanusi, who applauded Buhari’s removal of what he described as “wasteful and corrupt fuel subsidies”, stated that the current forex policy endorsed by the President encourages similar rent seeking and corruption which the old subsidy regime was also criticized for.

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Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi receives All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) Lifetime Achievement Award (LFA) on October 22, 2015, in Lagos State. play

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi receives All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) Lifetime Achievement Award (LFA) on October 22, 2015, in Lagos State.

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Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), now Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari’s endorsement of the CBN’s foreign exchange policy, arguing that the policy encourages corruption.

Sanusi, who applauded Buhari’s removal of what he described as “wasteful and corrupt fuel subsidies”, stated that the current forex policy endorsed by the President encourages similar rent seeking and corruption which the old subsidy regime was also criticized for.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arrives to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler play Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari arrives to address the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

 

Disclosing this in an interview with Financial Times, he stated that Buhari “has put an end to the (crude) swap regime which is also one side of rent-seeking and corruption. He has made the NNPC start producing accounts, so there is greater transparency.

These measures are good for the economy and display strong political will to change the system. But getting monetary and fiscal policies right will be crucial for broader progress in structural reform.”

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The publication quoted Sanusi as saying that President Buhari’s anti-corruption stance was “totally inconsistent” with the forex regime he supported and that it “encourages corruption and rent-seeking similar to the fuel subsidy regime”, according to a Daily Post report.

Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele speaks at the monthly MPC meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde play Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele speaks at the monthly MPC meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

 

He expressed dissatisfaction over the monetary policy regime which he said has “very obvious drawbacks that far outweigh its dubious benefits”.

Unfortunately, because the exchange rate is right out there in front now, monetary policy is being seen as the barometer for broader economic thinking,” he said, adding that “It is sad that on this one policy you get it so wrong that you risk taking away attention from everything else you are doing.”

On why he frused to devalue of Naira during his tenure as CBN governor, Sanusi said it was because at that time, the country “had reserves of over $40bn and an oil price at over $110.”

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