Sanusi Lamido ‘Obasanjo, Maurice Iwu rigged elections in 2007,’ Emir says

Sanusi reportedly said that Obasanjo connived with former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Maurice Iwu to rig the polls.

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Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has accused former president, Olusegun Obasanjo of rigging the 2007 elections.

Sanusi reportedly said that Obasanjo connived with former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman, Maurice Iwu to rig the polls.

The Emir made the comment while speaking during the launch of a book by Sir Olaniwun Ajayi at the MUSON centre in Lagos, according to Daily Post.

“We talk ethnicity when it pleases us. It is hypocrisy. You said elections were rigged in 1959, Obasanjo and Maurice Iwu rigged election in 2007. Was it a Southern thing? It was not,” Sanusi reportedly said.

“The problem is: everywhere in this country, there is one Hausa, Ibo, Yoruba and Itsekiri man whose concern is how to get his hands on the pile and how much he can steal.

“Let me start by saying that I am Fulani. My grandfather was an Emir also Fulani my uncle and guardian who was also the immediate late Emir of kano Alhaji Ado Bayero and therefore I represent all that has been talked about this afternoon. Sir Ajayi has written a book. And like all Nigerians of his generation, he has written in the language of his generation.

“My grandfather was a Northerner, I am a Nigerian. The problem with this country is that in 2009, we speak in the language of 1953. Sir Olaniwun can be forgiven for the way he spoke, but I cannot forgive people of my generation speaking in that language.

“You talk about Babangida and the problems of our economy. Who were the people in charge of the economy during Babangida era? Olu Falae, Kalu Idika Kalu. What state are they from in the North?

“We started the banking reform; the first thing I heard was that in Urhobo land, there will be a curse of the ancestors. I said they (ancestors) would not answer. They said why? I said how many factories did Ibru build in Urhobo land? So, why will the ancestors of the Urhobo people support her?

“Whether it is in the military or in the civilian government, they sit down, they eat together. In fact, the constitution says there must be a minister from every state.

“So, anybody that is still preaching that the problem of Nigeria is Yoruba or Hausa or Fulani, he does not love Nigeria. The problem with Nigeria is that a group of people from each and every ethnic tribe is very selfish. The poverty that is found in Maiduguri is even worse than any poverty that you find in any part of the South.

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“There are good Yoruba people, good Igbo people, good Fulani people, good Nigerians and there are bad people everywhere. That is the truth. Stop talking about dividing Nigeria because we are not the most populous country in the world. We have all the resources that make it easy to make one united great Nigeria. It is better if we are united than to divide it,” he added.

Sanusi had earlier criticized the Muhammadu Buhari administration for its economic policy which he said involves mindless borrowing.

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