Sanusi said if such a huge amount was stolen in some countries, they were bound to collapse. He added that if such a monumental fraud happens in any Third World country, the economy would grind to a halt.
Sanusi, who made the remark when the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, led by its Executive Chairman, Muhuyi Magaji, paid him a courtesy call in his palace on Wednesday, said, “It is disheartening to see that Nigeria is one of the countries in the world that are leading in corrupt practices. We should understand that fighting against corruption is not only for the government. We all need to put our hands on deck.”
Also, the monarch was apparently disturbed over how contractors conduct their businesses under shoddy arrangements, citing how contractors connive with some public office holders to siphon national resources with high level of impunity as an example.
“But with our President Muhammadu Buhari’s high sense of responsibility and doggedness, I am optimistic that things will change for better. I am very hopeful that Mr. President will do everything possible to fight corruption to a standstill,” Sanusi said.
In addition, he called on the commission to appreciate that there was the need to collaborate with other sectors of the society, by showing commitment and determination, in the fight against corruption.
He said, “If you want to succeed in your newly assigned responsibility, you must be ready to deal with corrupt officials. The fight against corruption starts from the top, not from the bottom.”
Earlier, the Magaji revealed that they were at the Emir’s palace to seek his blessings and guidance.
Apart from that, he said that the commission would establish offices in all the 44 local government areas of the state, so as to facilitate their operations.