By AbdulSalam Muhammad
KANO State Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, yesterday, asked President Goodluck Jonathan to stop harassing Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Kwankwaso, who spoke against the backdrop of a frosty relationship between the President and the apex bank governor, stated that Sanusi is not an ordinary Nigerian.
The CBN chief helmsman, a Kano prince, is Dan’Majen Kano, a position of influence in the traditional emirate structure.
Kwankwaso, who rose in defense of his kinsman, declared: “Let me use this opportunity to call on the Federal Government to desist from harassing our citizens. Here I am referring to our son, the CBN Governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi”.
The state governor, who spoke during the inauguration of Tomato Technical Working Group at the Government House, Kano, went on: “Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is somebody who is apt and dares to speak his mind at any time not minding whose ox is gored.
“There is nothing wrong when the CBN Governor says, ‘Please, check these figures to ensure probity’. Such a person should be seen as a friend not an enemy.”
The former PDP governor who defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC), later hosted the CBN Governor, vowing, “We will continue to give you all the necessary support anywhere, anytime.”
Reports had, last week, alleged that the frosty relationship between the President and the Governor of the apex bank culminated in the demand by the former requesting the latter to resign.
Sanusi was reported to have rejected Jonathan’s demand and reiterated his plan to proceed on retirement in June.