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29 Jan 2012

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CBN Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi


Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Saturday identified poverty and marginalisation as being partly responsible for the growing violence in Nigeria, but this does not mean that he had justified Boko Haram’s activities to the uneven distribution or resources and derivation funds to the Niger Delta.

Sanusi, in a statement to clarify his interview published in last Friday’s edition of Financial Times, said the growing restlessness among the youth which makes them embrace a life of crime, could be traced to their disillusionment with the system.

According to him, “I have long held the view that ethnic and religious violence in Nigeria has its roots in poverty and deprivation and perceived marginalisation. I always said this about the militancy in the delta while fully condemning it, the truth remains that militants tapped into a groundswell of frustration.

“In addressing that problem we have gone to an extreme now where the levels of poverty in the north are recreating the same conditions and results we saw in the delta.”

Sanusi said that he made more or less the same points in an interview with David Frost shown on Al Jazeera on Friday and Saturday, and which will be repeated Sunday.

The CBN governor expressed hope that this would provide clarity on the FT interview and urged anyone interested to read the FT piece “which in my view was harmless enough and reflected the substance of my thoughts on the matter - that poverty and marginalisation create conditions of the possibility of radicalisation.

In the FT interview, Sanusi had stated that there was clearly a direct link between the very uneven nature of distribution of resources and the rising level of violence.”  

He said it was now necessary to focus funds on regenerating other regions if Nigeria wants to secure long-term stability.

“When you look at the figures and look at the size of the population in the north, you can see that there is a structural imbalance of enormous proportions. Those states simply do not have enough money to meet basic needs while some states have too much money. The imbalance is so stark because the state still depends on oil for more than 80 per cent of its revenues," said Sanusi.

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  • Am so disappointed with Sanusi`s comments on Boko Haram`s existence. If a very senior public servant can say give such comments on highly sensitive issue like this, then, Nigerians are have no hope for now. let ask him. Is it all the states down south that take part in the oil money? Why have these other states who are not benefiting from oil taken to the street and begin to kill innocent people? How is the killing going to make them rich? Why don`t you face the truth-corruption? When you take a critical look at a state like katsina that benefit one the highest allocations from the federation, there`s nothing to show for it. Same for a state like Bayelsa down the south. We should face the actual fact and stop making comments to stir more anger. i wouldn`t be surprise if I get to know that this Sanusi is sponsoring the so-called Boko haram.

    From: Mekussa20

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • islamic banking would cure all that...

    From: Iska Countryman

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • There is a lot of land resources in the north, Sanusi should be asking the northern governors to send their people to the farm and start producing crops, that is what will create real employment. If the north or any other region thinks that a particular section of a country will keep sponsoring their daily livelihood, he/they should wake up.
    It is only in Nigeria that a farmer is a poor man/woman; there is absolutely no dignity of labour to mention a two. If anybody cares for the development of regions and Nigeria as a whole, its time the leaders start diversifying the economy and the other state not producing oil to develope their various sates economy... sooner or later the word ''true federalism '' will pop up again.

    From: Ini

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi should start addressing the problem of poverty by rejecting the stupendous sum of N1b allocated for renovating his residence. Let him lead by example instead of speaking from both sides of his mouth

    From: Ekong

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi has spoken his mind. whatever interpretation given now does not change anything. one thing that is sure, is that the killings by boko haram has nothing to do with poverty. this is pure wickedness and hatred that is associated with their religion.

    From: Henry Anikwue

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Yes poverty is one of the causes of the Boko Haram problem in addition to the laziness and wickedness Northern Elites. If the North can bring forth committed persons like Sanusi , El Rufai and the Balarabe Musas as their leaders, the region can catch and compete, with or without oil. Also it is time to moderate the influence of Islam by the leaders themselves.

    From: Ezeugo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The harm has been done. What you really meant was clear in your head. You know very well that so many southern states like Ebonyi, Ekiti, Anambra etc do not receive as much as some of the states in the north, but their people are not dependent on the FAC allocation. We have long encouraged laziness. People like you who work hard should encourage it.

    From: Isiaku

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi who was seen as the mouthpiece of the poor is beginning to display his true colours. It is disappointing.

    From: The Man

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi is nothing but a ethnic warlord. GEJ should just spare us this embarrassment by relieving him of his duty as our central bank governor so that he can go and concentrate on his regional bigotry and politics. He is desecrating one of our national symbols, the central bank of nigeria. And the more he talks the more one realises how empty this guy is.

    From: jabonlondon

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It is unfortunate that people cannot express their views freely without being intimidated and insulted. SLS expressed his view. People can disagree with him in a civilised manner. But because of poverty of ideas, they resort to the use of foul language and abuses which do not contradict or are unable to refute his argument. At the end of the day his position will remain unchallenged, at least on points of fact. Being an islamophob doesn't win arguments.

    From: Ahmed

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • SLS , You are a bigot , i have read the all the article you referred . As a CBN governor you are not allowed to air your personal views on issues of politics , economy , & security hence you would always misunderstood.

    From: oloto

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi is saying the truth. I independently reached this conclusion months before now. Poorer Nigerians tend to be mean to each other and those perceived as well-off because of their poverty. The ultimate solution to this problem is massive education of the people, provision of basic infrastructure and services as well as implementation of some social security scheme.

    From: Adesina Somoye

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi should resign after such comments

    From: Jabiru

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi is saying the truth. I independently reached this conclusion months before now. Poorer Nigerians tend to be mean to each other and those perceived as well-off because of their poverty. The ultimate solution to this problem is massive education of the people, provision of basic infrastructure and services as well as implementation of some social security scheme.

    From: Adesina Somoye

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • How can a CBN Gov make such controversial statement. Attributing oil revenue to terrorism. so every state that is discontent with revenue formula should start throwing bombs. does the CBN not know that the oil producing states suffer environmental degradation, and socio-economic distortions due to operations of oil companies. in any case, nigeria has been ruled mostly by northern presidents (and specifically the NNPC is controlled by northernans) these northern individuals have been looting the treasury without developing the country or even the north. anyway the CBN Gov is an islamic scolar so may be he believes in BH idealogy and has only tried to justify the Boko haram using economic language. Big shame. why did he not ask the boko haram how much they are contributing to Nigeria resources. The north does not support alcohol and tabacco yet benefit from VAT generated on these products in the south/east and west. sanusi should focus on his job rather then make lousy and baseless political statements

    From: obinna

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This sanusi have everything to do with boko haram, Mr sanusi stopp wearing a terrorist a coat please, terrorist has nothing to do with poverty,

    From: emeka okoli germany

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sorry mr,those words have gone out and cannot be retracted..you are a jihadist and i pity jonathan your calibre of person to work with,if he doesn't you and you cohorts let him get ready to 'repent' and become one of you or face the music,honestly i pity him.

    From: Phina

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It is now clear to me that Mr. Sanusi would stop at nothing in his ambition to build a political constituency for himself preparatory to the time he imagines the Emir of Kano position would become vacant. First, he had to politicise the subject of "Ismamic Banking", when, alternatively, he would very quietly and very professionally have issued licences for the establishment of "non-interest banks". Now he stands logic completely on it's head by this entirely brainless attempt at social engineering. So we should throw away the constitution so that some miscreants in the North would be happy? Was the social and economic conditions in the North better than since 1999 when the derivation provision came into operation? And, like someone asked, was derivation also responsible for all the sectarian crisis in the North pre-1999?

    From: Adoki

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • In the FT interview, Sanusi had stated that there was clearly a direct link between the very uneven nature of distribution of resources and the rising level of violence.�
    Mr Sanusi's comment has clearly shown that he is not happy with the south for getting 13 derivation from the oil being exploited on their land and leaving their land and environment uninhabitable. Rivers are destroyed and farm land also destroyed. Does Sanusi expect the North and south to be sharing equal allocation with all these environmental degradation being suffered by the south. Sanusi is bias and not happy with the present situation. If the oil were from the North, Sanusi will advocate a 50 derivation in favour of the north. He is a muslim fanatic and a perceived sponsor of Boko Haram. Sanusi Lamodo Sanusi should sacked from CBN. Instead of him to be more preoccupied with finding solution to the value of the Naira being devalued every day, he is busy saying insighting things that will further aggravate the security situation. Since when did shameless Sanusi become a spokesman for the Boko Haram guys. Boko haram is rich and does not lack any thing. He should stop making such comments. if you have no job to do in your CBN office you should throw in the towel.BIG FOOL WHO WANTS TO SPEAK ON EVERY ISSUE.

    From: DANIEL JOSEPH

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The minister of information can no longer tell Nigerians what is happening in the country, hence, the Central Bank Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has taken over is job! What a usurpation? ...But sanusi remember that loose lips sink ships!

    From: Castro Domoyi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • ok ....fine. but you cannot expect "derivation" to be equal though. because you are failing to acknowledge a fact that CANNOT be overlooked. one set of parties is an actual and historical occupant of the land that lays the golden geese. this MUST be materially recognized and compensated ..........

    From: XIU XIAN

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I think this is a clear case of diminishing marginal productivity for Sanusi. It seems that, after the so-called ‘banking reforms’ can only do more harm to the tenuous ethno-religious relations in Nigeria. Now, I am forced to really as the question: was it really necessary to conduct the banking reforms in the highly publicized manner that Sanusi went about it? Have we taken time to evaluate the loss suffered by the financial system and ordinary Nigerians as people scrambled to take their money from the banks just because Sanusi made such a public show of denigrating those banks?

    From: MB Izik

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I think this is a clear case of diminishing marginal productivity for Sanusi. It seems that, after the so-called ‘banking reforms’ the man can only do more harm to the tenuous ethno-religious relations in Nigeria. Now, I am forced to really ask the question: was it really necessary to conduct the banking reforms in the highly publicized manner that Sanusi went about it? Have we taken time to evaluate the loss suffered by the financial system and ordinary Nigerians as people scrambled to take their money from the banks just because Sanusi made such a public show of denigrating those banks?

    From: MB Izik

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sympathizers, supporters and operatives of the islamist insurgency in Niogeria are all part of a spectrum that captures the vast majority of moslems in northern Nigeria. No one should at all be surprised at alhaji Sanusis's flipancy. Loyalty to the Nigerian nation is secondary to the northern cause in whatever position that you find the likes of Sanusi. Abia and imo states are oil producing and yet get lower allocations from the fedral government coffers than the majority of the northern states, yet they people there have not gone on a senseless killing spree. Of course that analysis will not come up in the CBN governors discussions. Sad for the country, Nigeria. Xenophobia and nepotism are the real issues mallam.

    From: Malcom Z

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I think this is a clear case of diminishing marginal productivity for Sanusi. It seems that, after the so-called ‘banking reforms’ the man can only do more harm to the tenuous ethno-religious relations in Nigeria. Now, I am forced to really ask the question: was it really necessary to conduct the banking reforms in the highly publicized manner that Sanusi went about it? Have we taken time to evaluate the loss suffered by the financial system and ordinary Nigerians as people scrambled to take their money from the banks just because Sanusi made such a public show of denigrating those banks?

    From: MB Izik

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi like drawing attention to himself.This was the same way he went about destroying banks in order to create name for himself.Why did the north wake up over night to remember that they are been marginalized after ruling the country for 30 years.Boko Haraam should vent their anger on their leaders who failed to develop the north with the oil gotten from the south for over 30 years they were in the seat of power.Enough of this nonsense from the north.If they are doing this for power to go back to the north they are wasting their time because the south will rule for equal number of years like the north.Boko Haram should target the IBB,Gowon,Abacha,Abdulsalami etc for wasting the time of the north and leave the government of Johnathan and his people alone

    From: Boboski

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The Emir of CBN, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is a man that should not be taken seriously because he behaves like waves at high sea. He talks from both side of the mouth. The interview was conducted in English so we don't need further interpretation, we can understand his position. Once he said Nigeria will go broke if subsidy is not removed and when he realized my brothers in Kano will not want to hear that, he said we could manage it. An economy manager that can do with 15% inflation. I am afraid this man is not loyal to this government and the president should watch him closely. He explained to the whole world how much of our reserve was drained by subsidy. we need more information on how much the CBN has disbursed to the black market (bureau de change) in the last one year and the justification. What does it cost Nigeria to manage himself and his family ? Now that he has moved into a house whose the land for car park cost Nigeria N1 billion other people can die of hunger it doesn't matter. Some day some time the God of Nigeria will expose corruption on the operation of the CBN under him. The man who paid his friends for burring banks he took over. Nigerians will also very soon will want to know what it cost them to establish AMCON. Mr Sanusi face the economy and leave politics for politicians and if you want to be a politician why don't you resign and pick up the membership card of one the many parties or establish one for yourself. We are tired of you going front and back. what do you really stand for? You are as corrupt as the National Assembly you complained about, if not more. Please let us be.

    From: John Micheal

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I totally agree with Sanusi and it is vey unfortunate that many Nigerians allow sentiments which for the most part are tribal or religious to influence their judgements. These are the roots of our problems in Nigeria. Yes, tribalism and religious bigotry are a major problem for Nigeria. No modern society is built on the basis of tribe. For the religious bigots, Nigeria is neither a Christian nor an Islamic country and will never be any of the above!. There is plenty of evil from both religions in Nigeria that one can only be an idiot to examine the country via a religious lens so forget it. There is nothing wrong with Sanusi's assessment of the situation in Nigeria, it is the very plain truth. Sanusi has always been on the side of the suffering masses despite his priviledged background long before anyone every dreamt of him becoming the CBN head. As far as I can remember, all past CBN heads have gone with the flow of bad governance in the country and never had the guts to reveal to us what Sanusi has done. We should be grateful to this man but this is Nigeria for which I am not surprised. Things have gone so bad in Nigeria that it is impossible to do the right thing, only the selfish and greedy flourish while the decent have been forced to retreat, what a pity for a country so blessed!. Remember when the Kaduna refinery was concieved, others said there was no oil in the North and no need to build a refinery, it went ahead and had since been sabbotaged, while we are all paying the price for such shortsightedness. Kudos to Sanusi for being a consistent individual......God help us!!

    From: Honza

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Mallam Sanusi your analysis is outrightly wrong.Boko Haram are not lambasting the distribution of Nigeria's allocation.Afterall there is a crime known as white collar crime and it refers to a crime that is been committed by the rich while discharging their duties in their places of work.This shows that poverty is not the problem but ignorant and the islamization of the North.A man of high standard like you is suppose to reconscientize,mould all and sundry into societal ethos instead of talking otherwise.

    From: Brendoo zamfara

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I am not afraid of what sanusi said because it is a display of his identity as a result of prayers.

    From: LOVELY

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • IT IS REALLY SAD THAT SANUSI HAS CONTINUED IN THIS WAY AND JONATHAN KEEPS LOOKING THE OTHER WAY. FOR HIM TO SUGGEST THIS AT THIS CRITICAL POINT OF TIME IN OUR NATION SPEAKS VOLUME. AND WE SHOULD BE WARY, HE MAY BE BEATING THIS DRUM THAT IS BEEN DANCED BY THE BOKO HARAM AND WE ARE CHASING SHADOWS. HIS COMMENTS CAN ONLY AGGRAVATE THE SITUATION AND I THINK JONATHAN AND HIS ADVISERS SHOULD QUERY HIM ON THAT BEFORE THIS SITUATION WILL SWALLOW ALL OF THEM.

    From: SANTA

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I think the truth is gradually coming after all. No one needs to be in doubt as to who the sponsors of Boko haram are.

    From: Curica

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi could do us well by keeping his mouth shut on a sensitive issue like this. He talked about derivation in the FT interview but turned round to clarify with de(p)rivation. We need his expert opinion on how the federal allocations to the states in North could be used to better the life of their people.

    From: Duarte la

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Nigeria should look at Sanusi very well.

    From: henry

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It seems you didn't read the article properly. Did he not condemn their existence, and hammer that there is no justification for their actions? As they say, "you only see what you're eyes wants to see"

    From: ConcernedCitizen

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi, the unspoken meaning behind your statement is very dissapointing. You are one of the Govt officials we have held in high-esteem in this country but unfortunately you have presented yourself in a manner that could be easily understood to be a sympathiser of the Boko Haram Sect. Poverty has nothing to do with the activities of Boko Haram, neither does religious nor tribal sentiment does. Just like the Talibans, Alqaeda, etc Boko Haram is a terrorist organisation, out to intimidate people, both Christians and Moslems alike. The leaders of the sect are richer than majority of middle class Nigerians and we have read over time that they import chadians to come join to perpetrate these crimes. So poverty of no poverty, this is a phase, which we still would have witnessed. There are also political undertones and I will advise any politician linked to sponsorship of this sect to beware. Because, from what we saw in the Niger Delta, politicians create these monsters which becomes bigger than them very quickly, go out of control and return to hunt them. So, it is not unlikely that the Boko Haram sect will at some point in time go against their sponsors (if any). I also see that the Federal Govt is becoming helpless in the tackling of the Boko Haram sect, but I will advise the Nothern leaders to rise up to the challenge and support the govt in fighting this menace. Otherwise, I see foreign military missions coming into the North, especially the American Marines and put our dear nothern region in a state similar to Iraq and Afghanistan and we don't want this to happen.

    Remember that for years the Niger Delta was neglected, while the resources accruing to the Country was actively deployed in the development of other regions of the country, especially the Northern region. This happened for decades before we began to witness the growth in militancy in the Niger Delta region. So , for you to indirectly mean that just few years after the creation of the Niger Delta Ministry and the NDDC, there is now marginalisation of other regions in the country is incredible. Remember also that there are states which do not benefit from the Niger Delta focus but enjoy relative peace and quiet. So, please watch the unspoken meanings, which could easily be attributed to your statements before altering them. I still respect you, your views, your opinions, but you need to watch it so you are not easily misunderstood.

    From: Kevin

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Rubbish!!!!!!!!! Did the niger delta millitants turn to killing of civillians peasants or muslims??? I feel irritated when northerners try to compare both. Sanusi's claims northern states do not benefit much from oil revenue as compared to other states, he claims there population is more. So, how does killing christians relate to resource allocation? Oh! could it be the reason why christians were giving an ultimatum to vacate the north in 3days? Yes! now I know his agenda... I perceive he is trying to change the objectives of boko haram and justify their killings. It is no wonder another commentator said he won't be surprised if it is unveiled Sanusi sponsors the so-called boko haram

    From: Mr Gambino AKA Chibusubsidim

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Let us stop deceiving ourselves the interview of SLS is just showing that we dont have the same destiny. Take for instance marrying of wives and procreation of the northerner are diff from southerners, western education is secondary moral value is strictly dogmatic in the north. So tell how can we cope when we have diff mission n vission let us know nothing like Nigeria we are just passing time!

    From: Sam jaja

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I agree to an extent that poverty could be part of the reasons a country can get into a state of pandamonium as it is being observed in recent time in our country (Nigeria) but it became so alarming since the last ''ELECTION'' of 2011 in which Pressident Goodluck Ebele Jonantan was declared winner. As a matter of fact, from that day onward a lot of greedy politicians got agrieved because they felt that it is their birth right to rule the country at all cost. Some of them could not even hide their feelings so they made a lot of sacastic statements which are clear reflection of what our beloved country is passing through today. Among these is that man who aborted the good government of Gen Buhari/Idiagbon so as to enable them loot the nation's treasury. Fellow Nigerians please be awake and know who our real enemies are.

    From: Yakubu Naejaman

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • You were clear the first time. we completely understand. you dont have to grant multiple interviews to explain yourself -YOU ARE SYMPATHETIC TO BOKO HARAM BUT YOU DON'T support THEM. it is clear guvnor

    From: chuka ohams

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • FEARFUL AND SHOCKING THAT SUCH COMMENTS EMANATE FROM A HIGHLY PLACED CIVIL SERVANT AS THE CBN GOVERNOR. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD SANCTION THESE CIVIL SERVANTS THAT ACT LIKE POLITICIAN. CBN GOVERNOR ACTS LIKE SOME ELECTED MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY THAT ENJOYS PALIAMENTARY PRIVILLEGES, COMMENTS UPON COMMENTS, TELEVISION INTERVIEWS , ETC, I FOUND THIS BEHAVIOUR SHOCKING, BANK OF ENGLAND’S GOVERNOR DOES NOT MEDDLE IN POLITICS BUT ASSIST GOVERNMENT WITH FINANCIAL ISSUES, NIGERIA IS ALWAYS THE OPPOSITE. CBN GOVERNOR SHOULD STICK HIS VIEWS TO HIMSELF BECAUSE HIS VIEWS CAN NEVER BE PERSONAL CONSIDERING HIS POSITION. ENOUGH OF THIS POPULARITY SEEKING BANKER TURNED SEMI POLITICIAN. STOP NOW! CONCENTRATE ON YOUR JOB AND ALLOW POLITICIANS TO MAKE SUCH COMMENTS. HOW COULD YOU BE SO INSENSITIVE TO THE ATTROCITIES COMMITED BY THE SO CALLED MEMBERS OF THE BOKO HARAM SECT.?
    THE NIGER DELTA PROBLEM WAS A CRIME AGAINST HUMUNITY, WE TEND TO PRETEND AND SHY AWAY FROM THE TRUTH, THE PAST LEADERS OF THE COUNTRY THAT CONTROLLED THE RESOURCES FOR OVER 30 YEARS BEFORE THIS DEMOCRATIC DISPENSATION WERE FROM THE NORTH, AND THEY FAILED NIGERIANS AND THEIR PEOPLE TOO. GLORIFICATION AND INDIRECT JUSTICATION OF BOKO HARAM CAN NOT MAKE ITS IDEALOGY RIGHT BECAUSE IT IS EVIL AND ANYONE THAT ASSOCIATES WITH BOKO HARAM IS ALSO EVIL, LAW ABIDING NIGERIANS, CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS AND EVEN ATHEIST AROUND THE WORLD TOTALLY CONDENMED THE BOKO HARAM SECT AND ITS BLOOD TASTY IDEOLOGY, THAT HAS NO PLACE IN THE MODERN WORLD. I ADMIRE THE CBN GOVERNOR SO MUCH BUT DISAGREE WITH HIS POLITICAL VIEWS AS A CIVIL SERVANT, NOT QUITE ENCOURAGING FOR OUR VERY TENDER AND SENSITIVE POLITICAL SYSTEM. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD NIGERIA IRRESPECTIVE OF OUR RELIGION, ETHNICITY OR GENDER. NIGERIA IS A GREAT COUNTRY AND EVEN GREATER WHEN WE STICK TOGETHER –NORTH+SOUTH+WEST+EAST= ONE NIGERIA. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO PROTECT NIGERIA FROM EVIL PEOPLE.

    From: ikechi okologo, MA. Diplomacy, LLB (Law) London

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • All the northern leaders and well place nigerians in the north should lock themselves in the closet for shame of not able to control their project sharia which has given birth to Boko Haram. Nigeria is on the verge of religious war and possibly dividing this country and nobody is saying anything about it. The acclaim Boko Haram sect is going around bombing churches and christian own establishments and nobody is calling a black,black or white, white. Remember we are not fools and will never be. You guys created a beast you can no longer control,that makes the northern leaders a coward.. Think about that.

    From: Jumbo,Kay. Akwa Ibom

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has never left anybody in doubt as to where his loyalty lies. Its only a matter of time. The verve with which he pursued his Islamic banking agenda says it all. Now pray, what does the Mallam want? That the 13% derivation should now stop. That is a huge joke. The guy must be in a trance. My worry is that Goodluck Jonathan is such a huge disappointment. Is it not high time we told our selves the bitter truth in this country? Some group of people need to be put in their proper place once and for all. In a true federalism, will Sanusi have the effrontry to suggest how the proceeds from crude oil sales should be distributed? I wish Goodluck will read between the lines and let me see how many % will be due to Sanusi and his co-northern parasites. Assuming this same crude oil were to be located in the present day northern nigeria, will Sanusi swear by his mother's grave that we will still be talking one nigeria. I guess southerners have been too laid back for too long. Methinks this whole thing is a divine wake up call for all people of southern nigeria by Sanusi and his boko haram al-lies.

    From: Maaxy

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi Lamido Sanusi still owes Nigerians a lot of explanations over those unfortunate comments. He can no longer claim innocence as long as boko haram is concerned. Truly, God is at work here and even the evil men are now exposing themselves. Nigerians must be watchful. I hope GEJ is taking note. A so called CBN Governor justifying Boko haram and blaming it on "imbalance in crude oil wealth distribution"??? Amazing!!!

    From: Maaxy

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi or what do they call him is a big joke..../

    From: The man

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • the north has more states and local governments than the south - lets use Kano and Lagos as case study to judge who has received more and how judiciously it has been spent, then key in the poverty index. Sanusi's theory will fall flat on its face on this analysis.

    From: Lord Tee

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Shame on you Sanusi. History will not forgive you for this blatant distortion of our past present and future.

    From: kay

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • POLITICIANS LIKE SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI HAVE NO BUSINESS HOLDING REVERRED PUBLIC OFFICES LIKE THE CBN HEADSHIP. OVER TIME, THIS GUY HAS CONSISTENTLY SHOWN HIS WICKED AND DEVILISH FEELINGS FOR CHRISTIANS AND THE SOUTHERN NIGERIA IN GENERAL. LAST TIME IT WAS ISLAMIC BANKING, NOW IT IS SUPPORT FOR A DEVILISH BOKO HARAM SECT. I GUESS NIGERIANS CAN NOW SEE HOW BOKO HARAM IS FUNDED. BLAMING BOKO HARAM INSURGENCE ON INBALANCE IN THE SPREAD OF CRUDE OIL PROCEEDS MAKES SANUSI PART AND PARCEL OF THAT SECT. HIS JUSTIFICATION SHOULD BE PROBED FURTHER AND AM SURE NIGERIANS WILL BE AMAZED @ WHAT WILL BE REVEALED.

    From: MAAKAY '12

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • sanusi should keep his mouth short he should mind want he saying the oil did not belong to north region but south but FG use the oil money and develop north, they should give them islamic state.

    From: obasi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Boko Haram means 'Western education is sacrilege or sin'. This clearly a sharia agenda, begun by Nothern elites, firts from Zamfara state. They have never alluded to Oil

    From: NwaChukwu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • SANUSI TALKS TOO MUCH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From: John Obi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The truth is this, our leaders are very selfish.They don't have love for our nation. most of them are competing on who is richer than the other. They don't have any sense of purpose

    From: Daniel Uzochukwu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • HE SHOULD SIMPLY RESIGN. THIS IS A GUY THAT CAME TO THE SENATE TO RUBBISH YAR ADUA'S SEVEN POINT AGENDA RIGHT AT THE POINT OF HIS BEING SCREENED. YET, THEY PASSED HIM. HOW DARE YOU CONDEMN THE POLICY OF A GOVT THAT IS ABOUT TO EMPLOY YOU? NEXT HE TURNED ROUND TO EXONERATE HIMSELF FROM THE DOWN STREAM DEREGULATION WHICH HE WAS PART OF. THE OTHER TIME , IT WAS ISLAMIC BANKING. NOW IT IS SUPPORT FOR AN EVIL SECT - BOKO HARAM. HE IS JUST TOO FLIPPANT TO HOLD ANY PUBLIC OFFICE. HE MUST BE SERIOUSLY PROBED AND QUERIED IF HE DOES NOT SEE THE NEED TO RESIGN AT THIS POINT. ITS REALLY ANNOYING. AND IF I MAY ASK, WHO IS THIS SANUSI ? WHERE IS HE COMING FROM?

    From: MACKAY 12

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • There was a report last week that "in a telephone interview with a boko haram sect member in maiduguri" the boko haram sect justified why they unleashed terror in kano. that if not for the intervention of some scholars, they were to unleash more terror than what was witnessed. The boko haram sect claimed that they respect those northern scholars a lot. that their intervention at different times urging them to hold some calm, have stopped them from most of their plans. With these comments coming from Sanusi, i am already seeing between the lines. Time will tell it all. Sometimes I admire the silence of GEJ. It makes the thief walk right into a trap. Again time will tell.

    From: emmanuel agiaye PH

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • He should have been sacked yesterday!

    From: Chris

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Can the Chair of US Federal Reserve and the Governor of Bank of England engage in this mudslinging?

    From: Ifemelunwa

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • My idol Sanusi, you have disapointed me.

    From: Nigerian citizen

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • That is good . Marginalization, at least for once in the history of Nigeria North is complaining Marginalization . Glory be to God in the Highest Heaven that Northerners are being Marginalized .
    Who could believe this before ?

    From: FIDELIS I. ENWERE

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Now we know what boko haram is all about....

    From: lawan reuben

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Kudos to you Sanusi. This is the mare truth which the government has to look into. No wonder you are regarded as one of the most knowledgeable Nigerian, Even the whole world knows. I salute your courage!

    From: AbubakarA.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The deeds of the enemies of nigeria will no longer be retained in their evil minds,they will voice it out and make comments that will bring them to torchlights.These civil servants that feel they are untouchables should stop embarrassing the presidency.This unhealthy comments from cbn governor should be scrutinized and investigated,the forex sales that always find themselves in the hand of mallams(real hausa/fulani and their co-opted foreign niger mallams)should also be investigated to ascertain if its a channel of aid boko haram activities.

    From: dozmann

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Imagine the audacity and the temerity, the monster you people created can no longer be tamed. Name, shame and expose their leaders so that we collectively can tame, control and obliterate this ugly kankerworm of iniquity called boko haram. This is the height of arrogant stupidity. Which reminds me if some of their members have been arrested, why can't the security forces extract their modus operandi, their memberships, their leaders, etc the usual Nigeria way of interrogation. May be they are privy to some information, that they do not want to share with the public. We all know that he war against terrorism by the West in places, like, Iraq, Agfanistan, Parkistan, etc . is economic not out of love those countries. In Nigeria is there a hidden agenda in the war against boko haram?

    From: Patrick Agbobu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I AM SURE SANUSI IS ONE OF THE SYMPATHIZERS OF BOKO HARAM

    From: WAZOBIA

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • @Abubakar, the north is no where marginalised. The North is getting a fair share, what the North needs is a more productive population, I live in the North, I know that comparatively very few Northerners are educated, very few northerners even train as skilled labourers, the common job for the average northerner is trade, Okada riding and raw Labourer. The Northern Governors need to wake up and encourage better education and also Agriculture.Nobody will do it for the North but the North itself.

    From: Mr.Reality

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • THE PRESIDENT SAID NOT LONG AGO THAT THERE ARE BOKO HARAM MEMBERS IN HIS GOVERNMENT. WE NOW KNOW ONE OF THEM.

    From: Msan

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Is Sanusi now saying that poverty as an issue has now been addressed in the Niger Delta? What connection has poverty got with bombing of churches? His analysis is insane.

    From: John Ogbeni

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This 'us' versus 'them' mentality is an untoward behaviour that we all need to desist from. Who is currently marginalizing who and who has marginalized who in the past? If tomorrow a man/woman of another region sits on the saddle, another region will begin to cry foul. Why can't we all look at things from a sane, objective, and all-inclusive, rather than parochial, sectional prism? Are we so immature in our consciousness that we have all refused to see the holistic nature inherent in issues? Being a northerner, a southerner, an easterner, or a westerner is nothing but a farce. The reality of it all is that all these are circumstances of birth and never will regionalization in mindset be our reality. One of the lies sold to each and everyone of us by parents, nay society in general was we are northerners, we are southerners, we are this, we are that and because of these tissue of lies, we begin to kill and maime each other due to our inability to re-arrange our brain cells and debunk these bundle of lies. I made bold to say, these are all MEGALIES sold to us. Nigerians, let's get real so that we and our posterity can be proud of our common heritage called Nigeria. Salvation comes only on the day we start seeing ourselves as Nigerians rather fragmented and polarized Nigerians. God bless Nigeria!

    From: Dele O.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Allah, I not only respect U a lot but see u as one of the presidential hopefuls other zones can trust in future,but u mis fired in ur interview. why should anybody resort to murder to express dissatisfaction with imbalance in our resource allocation? Niger Deltans have suffered same for decades but they never resorted to the killing of other ethnic groups living within or outside their land. Agrd that corruption is largely responsible for the several criminal acts,but boko haram is neither fighting corruption nor those believed to have institutionalized it over the decades. they have a different agenda which am sure will not do any zone any good particularly the North.Wallahi tallahi!

    From: Alfa Mohammed.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It has long be the view of the North that you cannot own the yam and hold the knife. This is why thy never wanted President Jonathan to contest the presidential election and vowed to make the country ungovernable for him. Sanusi Lamido has spoken the mind of the north, there is no point mending it.

    From: Simisam

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi's boko haram comment cannot be surprising to any decerning mind given his background and aristocratic self-adulation. he is a great mischieve, whose appointment abe nitio, was not right. If you doubt, check his activities and result few months as FBN boss. When the President Jonathan last mentioned existance of boko haram sypathizers in the government institutions, Sanusi's reckless and insemsitive comment is apt example. If not, how could a public servant of his level justify mass killing of helpless, harpless and innocent citizens of the Nigeria and other countries of the world, in a 21st century. It is realy pathetic and alarming. I may not want to dwell on his comment, but a sentence may suffice: THE NORTHERN ORLIGACY "FEUDALS" SHOULD DISCONTINUE AND IMMEDIATELY DISMANTLE THEIR FEUDALISM IDEALOGY, AND FREE THEIR ILL-INFORMED CAPTIVE BROTHERS AND SISTERS FROM THEIR CAPTIVITY; CITIZENS FEUDALSIM IN THE ARAB WORLD, SHOULD SERVE THEM GOOD EXAMPLE. The President should querry Sanusi over his comment, this action if taken, may lead us into more truth about the happenings. PERIOD.

    From: Gerry Uche

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Am disappointed in Sanusi, those are the enemies of our so called democracy,fools of the highest order.

    From: david o ajulu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • May i use this forum to drop some few lines.Dont want to comment on the cbn governor's comments,he skipped talking about the lives those criminals wasted and the unfolding events as per their infiltration in the corridor of power.The cbn governor is learned and vasatile his utterances requires investigations.The boko haram were bloodthirsty,illiterates and tools for their masters,they should hold their feudal past leaders accountable for cornering their whole wealth and giving them piece meal only on fridays after jumat prayers.Mr governor the way they wage their evil wars were too evil,wicked and inhuman,normal youths dont act like this i believe they are sponsored and carrying out their fuedal master's agenda.My real reason of not commenting on your interviews are this,you as a cbn governor know how much the federal govt allocate to the states in nigeria,you are a member of FEC,if this allocation is duly utilised those people will move on in life,as a member of FEC follow it up,let the Reps/Senators pass bills that will correct those vices.May i stop here with prayer because today is sunday...if this boko haram is the tool that will let those majority/helpless southerners free from nigeria almagamation bondage so be it...Amen.

    From: sam+

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • But Sir, are Southerners supposed to pay for the refusal of core Northerners to procreate responsibly? That should not be.

    From: Dr. Dee

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I wish the south will fight to control it's state resources and the north can go hang themselves. Is poverty not all over Nigeria??

    From: INking

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I'm not disappointed because many of them are boko haram sympathisers
    Sanusi you must not compare niger delta militants with boko haram, they are
    poles apart in their views. Nigerian oil comes from Niger delta and yet the people
    are the poorest in the country. The polution caused by oil has a devastating effect
    on their livelihood. Their cry for help is clean up the mess and give them back their
    land where they can farm and feed themselves and dependants. Any sane person
    with intergrity would understand the problem. Boko haram's view is that western education
    is a sin to them.Sanuni never mentioned this in his interview which shows his pretence
    Sanusi you are not deaf or blind, never compare boko haram to delta militants
    Northern governors are very corrupt but sanusi would not like to talk about it. Every governor
    receive hand out from federal government,some utilise the money on issues concerning their people
    but northern governors squandered their shares on women and cars leaving the very people they
    are supposed to care for poor. Now sanusi is blaming the government. Are there no unemployed youth in other states, do they kill innocent people because they can't feed themsevles. It is not poverty as you claimed. Tell us another lies but Nigerians know the truth.
    Take this home sanusi, i had a northerner class mate who on completion of his studies left for
    nigeria some years ago. Today he is a millionaire not by his sweat but by hijacking barrels of oil
    with his uncle in midsea and selling in other countries. This is what the cabal had been doing for the past 20 or more years.If this oil were to come from north,a drop would,'t touch south at all, there would be no boko haram and separation would have been swift. In my opinion it is the right time to split Nigeria. north has determined to distabilise Nigeria and that's not good for our children and grandchildren and we can never acheive grouth.

    From: Zara Howe

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Why would any person be surprised at what Sanusi had to say. He has been playing tribal politics and economics since he came to power as the CBN governor .

    From: Joy Rider

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi,you are a big disappointment to nigeria by your position and person.The best you can for yourself is to resign from that office immediately and join your men as a major General.Failure to do so,God will expose u more.God is at work in Nigeria.More of your type in high and secret places will EXPOSE themselves before the end of Feb.2012.Watch out.

    From: sunny

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sanusi has nothing to offer as the CBN governor except sharia banking.He is an apostle of Boko Haram and will do anything to justify their misdeeds.
    Armed with a degree from university of Khartoum in islamic studies, he is the least qualified person to hold the position of the CBN governor. How much internal generated revenue(IGR) does the core northern states generate monthly outside the allocation from the FG purse?
    Let him publish monthly allocations going to the northern states and let us judge if they can justify their expenditure as a function of their income.

    From: Stan

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • it is now getting clearer by the day who the real sponsors and sympathizers of the evil boko haram are.

    From: akhere

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Outright bull shit from an elder stateman like sanusi.This has clearly demonstrated who the BOKO HARAM are working for.Comparing the militant and boko haram is quite sinful.One is based on religious

    From: aliu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I still wonder how else could revelations be made. Is GEJ still looking for members or sponsors of Boko Haram in his Government? Our dear president, your observation that members of BH have infiltrated your government is much correct. So do u need anybody to tell u to immediately act now starting with SANUSI LAMIDO SANUSI?

    From: EVONDO

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Now Sanusi has confirmed that all his so called banking reforms is northern agenda indeed. How on earth should any one sympathize with terrorism, not to talk of a man of such caliber, a CBN governor in that matter . Thank God we are beginning to know the sponsors of this so called Boko Haram. It was formerly, sharia, later Islamic bank, now terrorism. What kind of human beings are these? What kind of religion is this? There are resources in every region, even in the north. Let their governors and leaders and so called richest men go and develop them. I think we now need true federalism in Nigeria. Enough is enough.

    From: Ken

    Posted: 2 years ago

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