The Economist recently had an article about Nigeria’s former central banker governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Sanusi, if you recall, was fired by President Goodluck Jonathan in February after being too outspoken about “government corruption and presidential ineptitude.” I’m guessing President Jonathan really didn’t like the ineptitude comments from his appointee.
So where do you go after you’ve been fired from the Central Bank? If you’re Sanusi, you become elected as emir of the northern state of Kano, making “him the country’s second-highest authority in the Muslim north after the Sultan of Sokoto.”
The Economist helpfully gives a brief job description of an emir:
For centuries before the British imperialists arrived in what is now northern Nigeria, the emirs ruled as kings. Today they hold little constitutional power, but their influence is still huge. They act as peacemakers, rally public opinion, preserve religious tradition, and endorse political candidates. On paper, they are neutral.
I’m not sure how many of the job skills as CB governor would transfer to being an emir. They seem like a totally different set of skills, especially since Sanusi wasn’t known for being a “peacemaker” or “neutral.” Based on recent photographs, he does seem to have fully embraced his new job though.
Here’s Sanusi as CB governor:
and here he is as emir: