by Solomon Osadolo
At a media chat in Washington DC on Sunday by the Nigeria Economic Team, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi forcefully condemned the allegations by some Northern politicians, that the minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is pursuing an ethnic agenda
This is what Sanusi Lamido Sanusi had to say;
”I cant understand these people, I was the one who came to Washington DC and got in touch with Mustapher Chike-Obi who was in New York to come and head AMCON. I took it upon myself to search for him because when we were at Kings College he was one of the most brilliant chaps that school has ever produced and while at Goldman Sachs, he excelled. He is world class, so I decided to bring him back to use his wealth of experience in Investment Banking to serve his fatherland. Ngozi has nothing to do with this.
“On Kingsley Muoghalu who is one of my Deputies at CBN. I also went to London to poach him, the guy is good,he knows his onions, and I don’t care which part of Nigeria he comes from. This was done even before Ngozi joined the government, so how can she be responsible for this.
“Nigeria is becoming such an interesting place that anything anyone does, must have an ethnic colouration or a hidden ethnic agenda. People do not understand what diversity means.”
On her part, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said that of all those appointments they are accusing her of influencing, only two was approved during her tenure as Finance Minister, others have either been appointed or has the process of their approval endorsed by the government before she joined this government. And on those two that were approved, the process were handled by the respective Permanent Secretaries on the order of the President.
On the sacking of the NEMA spokesperson who was used to start all this, she said she has no hand in that. That there are standing civil service rules every civil servant must abide with and you don’t work for government and at the same time using your position to attack the same government openly when there are available channels to address your misgivings.
According to her, Shuaibu’s superiors simply followed laid down rules, a comment that former Minister of Finance and presently Nigeria’s Executive Director at the World Bank, Mansur Mukthar agreed with.