Atiku, HURIWA, others condemn Sanusi’s suspension

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar

Mr. Sanusi was suspended as CBN governor on Thursday.

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has joined other Nigerians in condemning the suspension of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN governor, Lamido Sanusi, saying the decision is characterised by impunity and abuse of power.

Mr. Abubakar said in a statement by his media office in Abuja that he was sure President Goodluck Jonathan had no power to order the removal or suspension of the CBN Governor in the manner he did.

The former vice president said he decided to join other well-meaning Nigerians in condemning the decision since silence in the face of such abuse of power by the President was capable of sending the wrong message and setting a dangerous precedent.

Recalling when he was also a victim of such action following his suspension as Vice President by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mr. Abubakar said he challenged the action in court to show that it was unlawful.

He said the Federal High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court all ruled that the President lacked the constitutional powers to either suspend or sack a public officer.

Though the former Vice President said he had no details of the CBN governor’s alleged offences, neither was he in the position to defend them, he said whatever they were, the Presidency should have followed constitutional process in handling it, instead of a decision that exceeded the boundary of his powers.

“This is not about (Lamido) Sanusi as a person, or the person nominated to succeed him, Godwin Emefiele, who is a thorough bred professional. It is about due process that should be upheld,” Mr. Abubakar said.

The former Vice President asked Mr. Sanusi to approach the court to challenge his suspension in the interest of constitutionalism and the rule of law.

In its reaction, the Movement for Accountability and Good Governance described the CBN governor’s suspension as ill-timed, unlawful and questionable.

The National President of the association, Jasper Azuatalam, said with majority of Nigerians waiting for the House of Representatives to conclude the ongoing investigations on the alleged unremitted $20 billion by the NNPC to the federation account, it considered the suspension of Mr. Sanusi to be premature, untimely and unlawful.

The group said that it considered Mr. Sanusi’s suspension as an attempt to undermine the investigation into the alleged unremitted $20 billion oil money, saying it was shocking to note that the order came from the President, who Nigerians expect to support efforts to facilitate the full reconciliation between the Ministry of Finance, the NNPC, and the CBN.

Also, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, asked President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly to tread softly and ensure that the baby was not thrown away with the bath water in the matter.

The group said the impression created by the sudden turn of event, with the removal of the CBN governor, was shocking, as Nigerians were expecting the government to celebrate his ‘heroic’ role as a whistle blower in the missing $20 billion oil money.

HURIWA faulted the quality of legal advice by President Jonathan’s aides, saying the Presidency should ensure fair hearing in determining Mr. Sanusi’s fate.

In a statement, the National Coordinator of the group, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and its National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, noted that the former CBN governor was not accorded his constitutional right to fair hearing.


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    Atiku admitted that he is not conversant with the many sins of sanusi but very quick in berating the president fgor suspending the same sanusi. And to think that this was a former VP speaks volume of the expired persons we have as political looters not leaders

    • Tonnero

      Mr. BlackieUmokoro, you do not need to know the details of Sanusi’s sins or even whether he is guilty of them or not to know the President has no right to remove him. Just as you do not need to know whether Goodluck Jonathan is doing well or not or whether he is a thief or not to know that you cannot remove him except through impeachment of through an election. You are clearly a very educated person and I know that you know that GEJ is wrong. This attitude of us seeing nothing wrong with blatant disrespect for the law simply because the perpetrator is “our man” does not help us in the long run. Democracy and respect for the law and rights of others is bigger than GEJ or OBJ or Buhari or Atiku or any of us. It affects the future of our country, our children and generations unborn and we should INSIST that the law be followed TO THE LETTER until it is changed

      • BlackieUmukoro

        The president can suspend him from office to enable a proper investigation of his alleged recklessness. A 100 level law student knows that anyway. Question of our man does not arise. QED Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • NaijaMindOfChange

    GEJ act to suspend SLS was an evil act and he GEJ must be condemned and all vote against him come 2015

  • arewethishopeless

    Why do people always resort to claiming the problem is the quality of the aides of the president? Even as a confirmed mumu, doesen’t he have anything left up there? He is still responsible for his actions or inactions.

    Sometimes we are unable to understand or comprehend why a normal person should behave the way GEJ is behaving? We ascribe all sorts of reasons from being incompetent to having very bad aides. Look at presidents from other neighbouring countries like Ghana, Niger …. are they not normal? Why is obeying the law and doing the right thing alien to GEJ and this government? Why is illegality always the first and only option?

    The simple logical answer is, GEJ is evil and is or is of the devil. No normal person surrounds himself with looters, theives, drug-dealers, ritualists, murderers and agents of the devil. Then say, he is “clean”. Whatever decisions he takes especially with the advise of those around him will always be devilish.