Sanusi also urged Nigerians to pay attention to merit, saying incompetence is part of the country’s problems.
The deposed Emir of Kano and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammad Sanusi has said that nepotism is the worst form of corruption in Nigeria.
Sanusi said corruption will fester and hinder the development of Nigeria if there is nepotism in the system.
The former CBN governor said this while speaking at a webinar themed, ‘The sustainability of society’, organised by the Emmanuel Chapel on Friday, July 17, 2020.
He also urged Nigerians to pay attention to merit, saying incompetence is part of the country’s problems .
He explained since the Federal Character principle is enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, it is expected to be followed to get the best brains in different parts of the country into appointed or elected positions.
Sanusi said, “Morally and religiously speaking, corruption is a problem. But let us look at it from the angle of economics and we (would) begin to understand that it is not just the corruption itself but the type of corruption.
“Part of the problem we have is incompetence and that is why I keep saying we must pay attention to merit. We have a system called Federal Character and I believe we should have Nigerians from all over the country in public office, but all those Nigerians must be people that are competent. There must be a merit test; a competence test.
“For me, I think the root of corruption is when we begin to de-emphasise merit, competence and performance and so long as we don’t bring the best in this country to do the job and hold them to account, we won’t go anywhere.
“The worst form of corruption we have in this country is nepotism; when people get into positions by virtue of personal loyalty, friendship and who they know, rather than what they can actually deliver by virtue of their competence for that office. We need people who can deliver for this country, I mean the majority.”