By Samuel Ogundipe
Former Lagos State governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is indeed an enigma. He is very influential and has wide contact and this is not difficult to see.
Those in the know say he played a yeoman’s role in the emergence of former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as Emir of Kano.
Sanusi was named late Emir Ado Bayero’s successor around June by Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Tinubu had moved to Kano shortly after Bayero died. He was one of those who encouraged and strengthened Kwankwaso to name Sanusi as new Emir.
So the chummy relationship between Sanusi and Tinubu and seeming camaraderie between them as exemplified in the attached photograph at Saturday’s turbanning of Emir Sanusi is understandable.
In the emergence of Sanusi, Governor Kwankwaso had given President Jonathan a bloodied nose. Sanusi was the last person Jonathan would want to have as Bayero’s successor. But the governor who was in his place to name a successor following recommendations by the kingmakers had rammed the choice down Jonathan’s throat.
Sanusi as CBN governor appointed by late President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua gave President Jonathan sleepless nights in office.
The other day he came out to tell the whole world that a whooping $20 million oil receipts was missing from the nation’s coffers.
When all those in charge of accounting for the nation’s oil receipts engaged in a check, the missing money was marked down to $12million and later $10 million.
It was in the middle of that missing money palaver that Jonathan relieved Sanusi of his appointment.
Meanwhile, at the time Sanusi’s tenure was going to expire soon and he had indicated he was not seeking reappointment.