The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, on Wednesday advised the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari to learn from the mistakes of his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, if past wrongs are to be corrected.
The Emir while delivering a paper at the 5th meeting of the Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning, titled “Nigeria In Search Of New Growth model”, warned the present administration against continuing to blame previous administrations for the nation’s woes.
He said what is important is for the administration to concentrate on putting the nation back on the path of progress.
“And just so we are not always blaming the previous administration. We have also made mistakes in this administration. We have started retracing our steps or we have to retrace those steps.
“And if we fall into the same holes that we fell into the last time where the government is always right… If a policy is wrong, it is wrong. Nothing will make it right and it has to be changed.
“If this government continues to behave the way the last government behaved, we will end up where Jonathan ended. You may not like it but that is the truth. You have to listen.
“You don’t have to be an economist to know that any system that allows you to sit in your garden, and with a telephone call, make one billion Naira without investing a kobo, that system is wrong. It is unsustainable,” he maintained.
He goes on to blame past federal administrations for failing to diversify the nation’s economy during the oil boom, saying President Buhari should not make the same mistakes.
According to the Emir, there are many “voodoo economists” parading around the administration and advising the government, adding that “many of them are not economists but demagogues”.