Sacked former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mallam Sanusi
Lamido Sanusi has threatened to drag President Goodluck Jonathan to court
to determine if indeed the President has the powers to remove him.
President Jonathan had Thursday suspended Sanusi over allegation of
financial recklessness during his five-year tenure of Governor of the apex
But in an interview with CNBC Africa, Sanusi said: “it has never been my
desire to hold on to a job but however, I think it is important legally to
establish a point whether this can happen otherwise, the next CBN Governor
can be suspended and the independence of the CBN undermined.”
Insisting he has no plan to return to the apex Bank, the former CBN
Governor said, “if I have been queried or convicted, it’s a different
matter but to exercise this rights arbitrarily and in a letter signed by
the SGF not even by the President. These are the questions that needs to
be answered in the court of law.”
“I do plan to have the court confirm if President has the authority to
sack a CBN Governor.
The former CBN Governor who expressed no regrets over his attack on the
Jonathan’s led Government said, “you can suspend an individual but you
cannot suspend the truth. This is all about oil revenues and his concerns.
If this will bring back the $20 Billion, that is fine.”
On the allegation of his financial recklessness while in CBN, Sanusi said,
“ I don’t know what they are talking about, I don’t know what those
allegations are. When I return back, I will see what they are.
He said when the Financial Reporting Agency sought for answers to
questions raised from the CBN audited account, he had responded and since
then did not hear anything again from them.
Sanusi said the issues are the same issues that has been raised and
Expressing shock why it took the President this long to remove him, he
said, “ …we all know what this is about. It is about the consequences for
decision I have taken. I have no regrets. This is something that is long
overdue, I am surprised it took them so long.”