The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, has stated that he was the best governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Speaking in an interview with Financial Times, the monarch said he has earned his stars in every competitive environment.
Sanusi, who was appointed CBN governor in June 2009 for a five-year term, said “I spent my life as a successful banker. I taught economics at the university. I worked at an investment bank.
“I was chief risk officer in the two largest banks in the country. I was the CEO of the oldest and largest commercial bank in Nigeria, First Bank.
“I was the best central bank governor four years out of five. Why would I feel guilty about inheriting privilege? I have earned my stars in every competitive environment.
“I’m the 57th king, but I’m the 14th Fulani emir and the 13th in my line. I grew up here. My father was a crown prince but he was a career diplomat, so I was brought up by a guardian. I have the benefit of having been in and out of this culture, knowing all the traditions of the palace, but also mixing in a more heterogeneous setting.
“It’s important for us to retain our history, to retain our roots. A lot of my writings are progressive. I’ve been involved in such debates as why it is OK to cut off the hand of a man who stole a goat but allow a governor or a minister who stole millions to get away with it.”