Human rights activist and Lagos lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on Thursday, warned the Nigerian Senate against screening the nominee of President Goodluck Jonathan for the replacement of Mr. Lamido Sanusi as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The president had following his suspension of Sanusi from office as head of the country’s apex bank, forwarded the name of Zenith Bank MD, Godwin Emiefiele to the Senate for screening and subsequent confirmation as CBN Governor.
But Falana has urged the Senate to “put off any debate on the fresh nomination pending the end of the tenure of the suspended governor” in June.
He also urged Jonathan to withdraw his new nomination for Sanusi’s replacement, insisting that he [Sanusi] remained the substantive governor of CBN.
He said, “Since Mr. Sanusi has been placed on suspension, the law presumes that he is still the substantive Governor of the CBN. Therefore, pending the end of his tenure or removal from office through the Senate, there is no basis for the appointment of a new CBN governor.
“President Jonathan is advised to suspend the process for the replacement of the CBN governor by withdrawing the new nomination forwarded to the Senate as the nation cannot have a suspended governor and a substantive governor of the CBN at the same time. In the alternative, the Senate should put off any debate on the fresh nomination pending the end of the tenure of the suspended governor”.
Falana also warned that Sanusi’s allegations of missing oil fund in the Federation Account must not be swept under the carpet, even as he noted that as unfounded as the CBN governor’s suspension might be, he too must be probed for the allegations leveled against him by the Presidency.