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Dutch-based Nigerians back Jonathan on Sanusi sack

25 March 2014, 07:48

Abuja -Nigerians in the Netherlands have welcomed the recent dismissal of central bank governor, Lamido Sanusi, the presidency said.

Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, said the Nigerians voiced their views on the matter when President Goodluck Jonathan asked what they would have done if they held the mantle of leadership and their subordinate who holds a highly exalted office of the governor of the Central Bank was flippant and highly inconsistent.

In chorused answer, the Nigerians said they would sack Sanusi, Abati said.

“That has been the case of the suspended CBN chief who woke up on a particular day and alleged that US$49.8 billion was missing from the federation account which is equivalent or over the national budgets for 2011 and 2012,” Abati stated.

He said that the same man had later come out to announce that the amount was no longer US$49.8 billion dollars but 12 billion dollars until the latest figure of 20 billion dollars that went viral on the internet.

“If all the people in government were corrupt and thieves there was no way they could have siphoned 49.8 billion dollars alleged to have been stolen or gone missing at the period Sanusi mentioned.”

He quoted the President as acknowledging that there were irregularities in the accounting system of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and he had since ordered the forensic investigation of the corporation.

The statement said that Jonathan, who was barraged by other questions on various domestic problems affecting the country, including Boko Haram insurgents, pirates and kidnapping, assured that the country would soon overcome the problems.

Jonathan was recently in the Netherlands on a state visit.

– CAJ News

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