13 January 2014

Nigeria: Jang to CBN Gov - You Are Not Bigger Than Govt

Reserve Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi.

Abuja — FACTIONAL chairman of Nigeria Governors' Forum, NGF, and governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, yesterday told the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, that he was not in any way bigger than the Federal Government.

Consequently, Jang warned that the CBN governor must moderate his comments and utterances making the rounds that President Goodluck Jonathan had asked for his resignation.

Jang, who noted that it had become imperative for the apex bank governor to resign and give way to someone that could work with President Jonathan, if he was no longer having a good working relationship with the President, considering the sensitive nature of his office and the economy.

In a statement in Abuja by the NGF media office, signed by Kassim Yakubu, Governor Jang said: "If the relationship between the CBN governor and President Jonathan has become frosty, it is only logical that the President becomes uncomfortable, knowing how sensitive the Central Bank is to his transformation agenda.

"Moreover, we elected the President to run the country and so we cannot be held hostage by an appointee of government if it is true that Mr. President has asked for the resignation of the CBN governor."

According to Jang, Nigerians put their trust in President Jonathan to pilot the affairs of the nation when they voted him in as President and should, therefore, be allowed the latitude to run his government without unnecessary distractions, especially from appointees who serve at the pleasure of the Federal Government and the President.

He, however, called on Nigerians to continue to watch out for those usual beneficiaries of conflict who would seek to make an issue out of this by bending the facts to suite what he described as their mischievous agenda.

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