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NATIONAL: Politicians alone not responsible for Nigeria’s woes, says Sanusi

FORMER Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido has said the blame for the parlous state of the country should not be put at the doorsteps of those at the helm of affairs alone.

Speaking during a webinar organised by Emmanuel Chapel, themed, ‘Rebuilding our lives: A case for hope and determination to succeed,” Sanusi stated that civil servants could not be absolved of complicity in how poorly Nigeria had been governed.

To him there is the need to examine the extent the country had lost its institutions, adding that despite the rules, those in charge don’t apply them.

“Simply sticking to the rules in the civil service could save us a lot of trouble, because very often we blame the politicians,” he said.

Justifying his claim, the former Emir of Kano took a walk down memory lane by citing how his father as a federal Permanent Secretary stood firmly against the decision of the government to unjustly retire some ambassadors during the regime of Murtala Mohammed in 1975 because the government’s move violated civil service rules.

He added, “The question is that if every Permanent Secretary at that time had done what my father did, would there have been a purge of the civil service, and for me that was a learning point.

“If you are running an institution, you must understand the values of the institution and be ready to stand by those values. Preserving the values is far more important than preserving your seat. This is something I think we have lost as Nigerians.”

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