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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Emir of Kano, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, made this statement while speaking on the topic "Nigeria In Search of New Growth model" at the 15th meeting of the Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning in Kano State last week.

His words:
"This country is better off with Lagos than with the Niger Delta. Let’s not make that mistake.

"We should be together as a country. Every part of the country is important. But, let us not be so obsessed by a resource, because we have had the commodity driven model, and we are blind to the potential of an alternative model. “Lagos doesn’t need oil. What is oil anyway? It is a raw material.

"You don’t drink it. You need it to move your vehicles. Now, you have electricity. You need it to fill your generator. Now you have solar power and biomass. The future of oil is not there. So, those few people who are trying to break up this country over oil, after sometime, that oil will be worthless.

"You are better off being in a country that is based on this model. This is a country of the future, that is the past.

"If I have money to invest, I will invest it in Lagos, because it is attracting investment. Lagos has realised a long time ago that government cannot fund all its needs. And I just love what Lagos has done. The Lagos story is a story of what Nigeria can do with itself – transparency, consistency, regulations – and people can be rich."
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