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28 February 2014

Nigeria: Sanusi Deserves to Be Sacked - Great Ogboru

The Democratic People's Party, DPP, governorship candidate in Delta in 2011, Great Ogboru, has declared support for the suspension of the Central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi.

Mr. Ogboru, who spoke with reporters in Akure on Friday, said if the allegations against Mr. Sanusi were anything to go by, he deserved to be sacked and to face criminal trial immediately.

The politician said that Mr. Sanusi was disrespectful to the person of the President and to Nigeria irrespective of the fact that the suspended CBN governor might have been saying the truth in his accusation against the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

According to the former governorship candidate, the manner in which Mr. Sanusi presented his case was wrong. Mr. Ogboru also said the suspended CBN governor was not in the right position to make such disclosures.

Mr. Sanusi had alleged before the Senate Committee on Finance on that the NNPC failed to account for $20 billion accrued from crude oil sales, which should have been reverted to the federation account. He was suspended some days later for alleged financial mismanagement as the CBN helmsman.

"A Central Bank governor is a conservative person but Sanusi comes across as a politician and an activist and at the same time he says he is a banker. These are mutually exclusive traits and can never be characteristics that make up one person.

"It is either you are a banker, an activist or you are a politician. The choice was for him to make and he made a wrong one.

"He puts on the suit of a banker and the cap of an activist. And when he spoke, he spoke like a politician. These are very confusing. I have gone through some of the allegations made against him. I think they are grave, even worse than some of the things he accused some bank executives of having done and for which some of them went to prison and their families were disgraced. I think if those allegations are true, then he deserved to be sacked and put on criminal trial immediately. That way, he can defend himself. Frankly, I think this man did not behave well. He was very disrespectful to the institution of the Presidency. He was disrespectful to the person of the president and I think by extension he was disrespectful to the nation," he said.

Mr. Ogboru added that Mr. Sanusi should have resigned when he discovered that his advice was not getting to the right quarters.

"Sanusi cannot sit down in the house and be pulling it down," he said.

He said he wondered why Mr. Sanusi had to wait for the money to accumulate to billions before raising an "unnecessary" alarm.

"The kind of different whopping sums which Sanusi mentioned are not sums that could accumulate overnight. What did he do before the amount got to $1billion, $2billion and then rose to $49 billion or $20 Billion or whatever figure he wants us to believe?

"What did he do? Was he waiting for the amount to become outrageous so that he can now be heard very loudly as a politician? If so, then he is an irresponsible man who does not know his job," Mr. Ogboru said.

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