Following the recent outburst over the missing funds by the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation, NNPC,chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ebenezer Babatope and Senator Emmanuel Anosike, have criticized the CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi..
The Central Bank of Nigeria governor before the Senate committee had alleged a missing 20 billion dollars.
In an interactive session with reporters in Abuja, Babatope accused Sanusi of trying to incite the public, especially the opposition, against the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said were it not that Sanusi would be leaving office in a few months, it would not be out order to call for his sack as he had exposed himself as somebody not capable of holding such a sensitive office.
He said: “It disheartening and highly embarrassing for the Governor of the CBN to be contradicting himself like that. Look at how he was raking before the Senate a few days ago that the actual money that was missing was $20 billion; the same man had initially quoted different figures of $49 billion and $12 billion respectively.”
In the same vein, Anosike also expressed concern about Sanusi’s conduct, saying: “It is quite worrisome the way Sanusi is carrying himself. Nobody is after his job but we are all Nigerians. The CBN governor is supposed to be seen not heard. But in the case of Sanusi, he talks too much and more of a politician than as a technocrat.”
According to him, instead of Sanusi going public whenever he has concern about the management of the nation’s resources, he should consult the appropriate government officials to find solution to the problems.
“If Sanusi wants to join us as politicians, he can. The place is open, it is an open field. There is no day that passed that we will not hear Sanusi either accusing NNPC or the Ministry of Finance of one thing or the other. NNPC has sustained this country for over 40 years. We almost live on NNPC. So we should stop disparaging or discrediting the NNPC. If there are mistakes, they should be discussed and sorted out instead of trying to destroy the organisation.
“I feel so bad because everything I am seeing shows there is a smear campaign against the president. The central bank governor is part and parcel of this government. He is the head of a regulatory agency of government. Therefore he is not supposed to be saying or doing things that would smear the government,” he said.
Anosike who said the banks were rotten, blamed the CBN governor for not doing much as the head of the banking sector’s regulator.
He also accused the central bank governor of engaging in wasteful ventures, saying, “In Sanusi’s 2014 budget, the CBN is to build a conference centre and hotel worth N92 billion. That amount is enough to construct hundreds of kilometre roads and the contract for the hotel has already been awarded to a crony. What business has the CBN with giving donation as Sanusi is doing? “
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