Sanusi`s comment should not be limited

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Mr. Lamido Sanusi Lamido, the CBN governor, in his last interactive session organized by Chief Leo-Stan Ekeh, gave various points and newspapers went out with various headlines and one had it that the sacked bank Chief Executives need be executed. If this came from the governor of the apex bank, then it is a serious matter for national discourse.

To an extent, his position has my support. But if this is to be, it has to be holistic; the present victims (bankers) should not be the only ones. There should be thorough investigation to finding out those who abetted the bad situation including those within the CBN itself. The exercise should also go further to look into who has done what that Nigeria is in its present predicament. Like Chief Niyi Akintola, SAN, mentioned in his interview in the Champion newspaper recently; those to be removed on the way for Nigeria to keep moving forward again are not more than 5000 persons.

Former Ghanaian President, Kuffor, while contributing recently in a forum in Nigeria insisted that Immunity Clause has no place in a democratic governance; it is for the military he says and so it was done away in Ghana when the democratic rule came to be. He posited that it is under this clause that people in government hide to commit lots of corrupt practices.

It should be remembered that President Yar'Adua, probably paying a lip-service to the issue, at a point mentioned that he would write to the National Assembly for the expunging of the clause; this took lots of public discourse and many including a top female artiste, offering in writing, to assist the President in the campaign, if he showed any seriousness.

Nigeria needs to be cleansed if we must move progressively forward. Therefore, CBN governor Sanusi was right in his statement but it has to be a holistic approach and many Nigerians echo this. Alternatively, the Immunity Clause must go now to instill some fears into those in government who are the head of the corruption we are shouting about today. In Ghana, former President Kuffor said it was militarist and therefore was expunged from that country's constitution.

Eki Umoh,
Olusegun Obasanjo (Abak) Road
UYO, Akwa Ibom State
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