Sanusi Prepares to Challenge Suspension by President Jonathan in Court

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Lamido Sanusi, vows to challenge the legality of his suspension from office, doubts that President Goodluck Jonathan has the legal authority to take such a decision.

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Mr. Sanusi revealed this to the cable news network, CNBC Africa, from the capital city of Niger, Niamey, shortly after the news on his suspension from office by the Presidency broke.

“It has never been my desire to hold on to a job. However, I believe if the CBN governor cannot be removed from office, then he cannot be suspended.

“He can be queried, but the exercise of the arbitrary decision to remove him must be challenged,” he said.

Though he said he was not bothered about the suspension as an individual, as he was proud about his achievements and legacies, Mr. Sanusi said his plan to challenge the action bordered on the need to protect the independence of the CBN as an institution.

“There is the view by some people on whether the president has the authority to remove or suspend the Central Bank governor, or whether the action is not illegal. I am not interested.

“As an individual, I was invited to serve my country, and I have always known that at any point the government feels it is time to go, I will go. But, in terms of the institution, it would be helpful to establish the principle by the court, and I think that is the step I intend to take,” Mr. Sanusi said.

In spite of his decision to challenge the decision in court “to establish once and for all if the President has the powers to do what he has done,” Mr. Sanusi said he has resolved not to return to the job, as it was never his desire to hold on to any office.

“If it (the decision) is not challenged, then from now the next CBN governor cannot be independent. He can be suspended for any reason, and the independence of the CBN would be totally undermined. It is important to establish the point legally whether this can happen. I do plan to ask the court to confirm if, indeed, that authority exists. I will challenge it,” he said.

Expressing surprise that the decision took so long in coming, he pointed out that though one can suspend the individual, he did not believe the truth can be suspended.

“This is all about concerns around oil revenues and corruption in the oil sector. If the suspension is going to bring back the missing $20 billion, then it is fine,” he said.

He said his major concern was for the financial system, particularly the negative impact of the decision on the Nigerian economy and the need to protect the interest of the CBN.

The suspended CBN Governor listed the legacies of his tenure at the CBN to include slow inflation rate, stable exchange rate, well governed banking system, robust reserves, independent Central Bank and financial inclusion, pointing out that he was satisfied with the service he rendered, which he would not want to see unravelled.

On allegations by the Presidency that his suspension was based on the report received from the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, FRCN and other investigating agencies about various acts of financial misconduct that characterized his tenure, Mr. Sanusi said he intends to see what those allegations are when he returns to the country.

Sounding dismissive of the allegations, Mr. Sanusi said the only thing he was aware of, which are not new, were the questions asked by FRCN about the published CBN audited account, which he had since sent a response to the President, who did not give any feedback.

He dismissed insinuations that the decision was politically motivated, saying he has opted not to comment on that, pointing out that he believed it was the consequence of the actions he took while in office.

It would be recalled that the former CBN Governor, who was in Niamey to attend the ongoing conference of the West African currency zone with other governors of the Central Banks in West African, said he had to hurriedly leave venue of the meeting shortly after the Nigerian Ambassador to Niger confirmed to him the directive by the presidency to inform him of the suspension.

Source: Premium Times

3 Comments

  • Go 2 court jare, even though u r no longer intrested in d job the court shud tell Nigerians if GEJ has d constitutional ryt 2 do dat ? Just bcus he(Sanusi) asked dat NNPC xplain wat happend 2 d missing $20B, GEJ is nw upset, we want 2 knw d truth, it dosnt mata if GEJ was involed in d missin fund, nobody is bigger dan dis country so GEJ shudnt tink odawise. Haba!!! Dis politicians sef, dey engage in and cover corrupt practices in broad daylyt, am suprised GEJ is doin dis, just d way he granted presidential pardon 2 som criminals who robed dis country and deserv 2 b in jail 4 life, dat was wen I knew dat GEJ has stated failin anti coruption war, and nw he has displayed it again.

  • If you like go to INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE. MR. Sanusi is trying to play the saint. Do you think the Presidency will just sack him without sufficient proof of misconduct? What about his abuse of office in relation to one Dr. mrs. Yero widely reported by Sahara news? what about d father christmas gifts to some selected hausa communities ranging into billions of naira? DONT THROW STONES IF YOU LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE. HAIL MR. PRESIDENT.

  • my brother from diffrent mother sunusi u have done well for ur father land,every body knows.pls don’t mine those porverty development party (PDP)want to use that money to win 2015 election thatz why dey begging to buy lawmakers each one of them with amount of $2 m,dollars. all this $20 m, dollars is enogh to build some of our schools hospital s and settle some ASUP problems. PDP rules this country about 14yrs nothing offer naija unless create boko boyz militancy kindnapping and money laundiri.so PDP we youth our eyes don open ooo.

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