Cold War Between Sanusi And Presidency

Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been having a running battle with the Presidency in recent times. Presidential spokespersons Dr. Doyin Okupe and Dr. Reuben Abati have described some of Sanusi’s recent utterances as “very unbecoming” of a senior civil servant in his capacity. The body language of the Presidency suggests that the multiple awards winning Central Bank Governor has bitten more than he could chew and as a result should be facing the exit doors earlier than his stipulated term of office.

This has led to another round of crisis especially as Sanusi according to reports is insisting that he cannot be forced out of office. The opposition to President Goodluck Jonathan’s government particularly members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are cashing on this development to once again take the Presidency to the cleaners, which public commentators argue is what democracy is all about anyway. But with the Sanusi’s resignation threat now heating up the polity and stoking the fire confusion in governance, it is time government especially the Presidency understands that it cannot fight all wars and come out victorious. In politics you don’t take on all problems at the same time.

Fresh from the war of words between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Jonathan over the now famous letter from the former to the issues raised concerning the National Confab and the allegation of fake certificate claims of embattle Aviation Minister now to the threat on the CBN governor to resign, it appears that the Presidency is accommodating too many crises. Critics opine that perhaps Jonathan government thrives in petty issues.

Government should be busy with matters that directly affect or concern the populace. There is poverty in the land, unemployment rate is rising, crime is skyrocketing just as the nation is yet to fix the educational sector after about six months strike of universities. It is really appalling that in the face of all these government still engage in very irrelevant issues like the resignation of the CBN governor even though his tenure is yet to expire. Why can’t government or the Presidency exercise patience for Sanusi to see out his tenure just like his predecessor Chukwumah Charles Soludo did?

Perhaps there may be more to government’s action than meet the eyes, which suggests that the CBN governor could be involved in activities that do not appeal to the Federal Government but that cannot be enough reason to want to force him to resign. The best that could be done in this circumstance is set up a probe panel to investigate him if he is found wanting in his job or activities. If guilty then the law should take its full course. But for a man who has won awards as best Central Bank Governor in sub-Sahara and introduced some radical banking systems that has exposed most chief executives and even curtailed fraud in our economic system, Sanusi should not be the one that government must pull out a sword at. This will amount ton one war too many on the part of the Federal Government.


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