Abuja - The Presidency lashed at former Governor of the Central Bank, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who is querying his recent suspension by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, urged Sanusi to “stop falsely portray his suspension as an attempt to bury his allegation of missing funds.”
“We have noted with disappointment, the unrelenting attempt by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to falsely portray his recent suspension from office as an attempt by the Presidency to bury his allegation that huge sums of money due to the Federation Account are unaccounted for by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
"The Presidency wishes to reaffirm that Mallam Sanusi’s suspension has absolutely nothing to do with his unproven and inconsistent claim that $49.8 Billion, $12 Billion or $20 Billion is missing from the national treasury,” Abati stated.
He said it was clearly stated in the suspension letter that the action was based on the need for the former CBN Governor to step aside while the charges of financial recklessness, gross misconduct and persistent disregard for laid down rules and regulations in the management of the central bank made against him by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and others were properly investigated.
“As was clearly stated in the letter suspending him from office and confirmed by President Goodluck Jonathan in his last Presidential Media Chat, Mallam Sanusi’s suspension was wholly based on the need for him to step aside while the weighty charges of financial recklessness, gross misconduct and persistent disregard for laid down rules and regulations in the management of the Central Bank made against him by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and others are properly investigated.
"It is most unfortunate that instead of trying to provide some reasonable response to the clear and unambiguous query of his official conduct as Governor of the Central Bank, Mallam Sanusi has cynically chosen to whip up public sympathy for himself and anger against the Federal Government by deliberately misleading unwary Nigerians and the international community into believing the falsehood that he is being punished for exposing corruption.”
He said in keeping with its avowed commitment to full transparency, openness and accountability in governmental affairs, the Federal Government had authorized the engagement of reputable international firms for the recommended forensic audit of NNPC accounts.
“The Presidency condemns Mallam Sanusi’s resort to playing politics with serious national issues. His suggestion that the phantom missing funds may have been diverted to fund campaigns for next year’s general elections is mischievous, irresponsible and designed to incite other political parties and members of the public against the Federal Government.
"The claim which amounts to cheap blackmail against the government and was clearly made in furtherance of a selfish personal agenda is most unbecoming of someone who still holds the High Office of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.”
– CAJ News
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