Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has asked Nigerians to consider the competence of a presidential candidate before electing such person as the next President.
Sanusi made this known at an event in Lagos State on Wednesday.
The former monarch said elections of leaders for the country should be based on competence and not ethnicity or any other sentiments.
Sanusi said the plans and programmes of the candidates should also be scrutinised by the electorate ahead of the elections.
He said, “Political aspirants should also be asked about their plans for hospitals and education amongst other key undeveloped areas in the country.
“The government has lost respect for the profession and no amount invested into education can be gotten back in salaries in this country. Doctors and teachers deserve a decent life and respect.
“Education and healthcare are the basic foundation for the development of a nation, and the rate of brain drain is high because prepared budgets in the health and education sectors have been embezzled and mismanaged.
“In 2016, 18 % of inflation was recorded which made the price of everything on average to double every four years. A bag of rice which sold for N8, 000 in 2015, now cost N35,000.
“In 2011, a debate was held right here in this same venue about fuel subsidy. We did everything within our powers to tell Nigerians to cater first for priorities, but we now spend a borrowed N6.7trn on fuel subsidy which will continue until June 2023.
“Inflation, exchange rates, cheap fuel that is not produced by our refineries all create negative impacts, and are also a brain drain of the economy which cannot be addressed in isolation.”