Why Sanusi Must Be Probed, By Kashamu
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State and businessman, Buruji Kashamu, has urged a probe of the suspended former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
Kashamu, in an open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), among others, said it would be in the interest of Sanusi for his tenure to be examined.
He said: “If for nothing else, the activities of the Sanusi era should be probed with a view to ascertaining his innocence or otherwise. Besides the infractions identified by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and the 2012 audited reports of the CBN, there are allegations that he promoted a lot of Bureaux de Change and awarded questionable contracts worth billions of naira, including the appointment of woman who organised an “owambe” for him on his appointment as CBN Governor as the Group Managing Director (GMD) of one of the five banks that he forcibly took over.
“The truth is that much as the independence of the CBN Governor or the Bank itself is guaranteed, it is not absolute. He cannot be allowed to act with impunity, all in the name of independence. At the end of the day, there is only one person whom millions of Nigerians have given the mandate to lead them. There is only one person that they have entrusted their lives and it is his duty to take charge whenever he is reasonably convinced that those who are supposed to help him in realising his goals and objectives are drifting away. It is not for nothing that he is called the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is the Chief Executive of the nation and the bulk stops at his table!
“It is as a result of the foregoing and more that I wish to invite the aforementioned individuals and institutions to take note of the various infractions by Sanusi since his assumption of office and cause a probe into his activities with a view to correcting the anomalies and sanctioning people where necessary. I wager that the Nigerian economy and the people would be better for it.”