The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria should be like Caesar’s Wife, above all suspicions. Mr. Lamido Sanusi is plastered with suspicions but it is wrong to suspend him now. It is politically not right.
Suspending him might also be legally suspect. .There are many reasons why it would have been very nice if Mr. Sanusi had loved his country enough to step aside on his own accord. But he is not a nice guy. He is also not patriotic. Here are some information in the public domain:
The last point above, the fact that Sanusi has been in an open rebellion with Jonathan, is why it is wrong to suspend Mr. Sanusi now. The second reason is the fact that he has a mere four months to go. Mr. Jonathan ought to be able to wait him out. Mr. Jonathan is like a football coach who is two touch downs (goals) ahead and five minutes to the end of the game. It is true that miracles happen (Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary Pass; or Tom Brady’s two touch downs in four minutes) but the general rule is to try to run out the time. This what Mr. Jonathan could have done.
Mr. Sanusi has the sympathy of some political leaders who would welcome anything that hurts Mr. Jonathan’s Administration under the doctrine of the enemy of my enemy is my friend. In escalating the feud with Mr. Sanusi, Mr. Jonathan plays into the hands of these political jobbers. When playing the card of missing funds and corruption Mr. Sanusi is painting a sad picture of the administration. He knows fully well that his position as CBN governor provides him with immense immunity from political interference. His goal now is trying to dirty the administration as much as possible and possibly extract a hero role from his efforts.
Mr. Jonathan even now has the stronger suite of cards. He could start impeachment procedures for Mr. Sanusi during which his misdeeds such as the few mentioned above, among others, could be brought out. A successful effort would result in dismissal without benefits and deny Mr. Sanusi his crave to be a hero.
But the wider question is “Can Nigeria stand this?”
As for Mr. Sanusi it is damn Nigeria. Long Live Kano!
Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba
February 20, 2014