Prickly governor, haughty emir

Olatunji Dare

“He had it coming.”

“It serves him right.”

“About time”

“De man too do, sef”

The topic of those sentiments and plenty of extra of like classic, expressed many times throughout media platforms, is after all Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, who was despatched packing from the gubernatorial suite on the Central Bank of Nigeria final week by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Sanusi had deliberate to go away that highly effective workplace on his personal phrases.   In the style of royals used to figuring out after they come and after they go and the way lengthy they keep, he had served discover that he wouldn’t search an extension of the statutory time period of 5 years.

He would possibly nicely have thought that, by that single stroke, he had directly positioned himself  to say the autonomy that goes with the place and insured himself towards the abject groveling and the shabby compromises that public officers usually must make to carry on to their jobs.

He didn’t grovel.  But he carried on within the method of somebody who couldn’t be touched, stated his quite a few critics.  He was all too prepared to precise an opinion on each topic beneath the solar and even past.  He talked excess of he listened.  It was as if he was conducting a campaign towards the Establishment of which he was an element.

He turned a purely technocratic job right into a political discussion board and invested it with energy and authority that went far past what its creators envisaged.  He reveled in controversy.  He allotted public funds as if he was stricken with the Mansa Musa syndrome.   Sometimes, it was as if he noticed the CBN and its sprawling paperwork as an extension of the Kano Emirate Council.

All in all, his quite a few admirers countered, he has been a breath of recent air within the mouldy corridors of excessive finance.  He referred to as consideration to points the authorities would quite conceal, such because the extortionate salaries and allowances legislators appropriated unto themselves beneath the desk, and the opacity of the reporting system on oil export earnings.  He spent public cash judiciously, for beneficent ends.

Above all, his quite a few admirers stated, he had rescued the banking from the grip of a strong mafia that had for the reason that time of navy president Ibrahim Babangida turned the business into an organised racket.

Sanusi had three months left on his time period. To Abuja which had been chafing beneath his searing strictures, three months appeared like an eternity.  If he couldn’t be eliminated, absolutely he might  be neutralized and saved so busy combating for his title and honour that asking inconvenient questions could be the very last thing on his thoughts?

So, they bought the Department of Dirty Tricks to work as much as essentially the most intrusive and titillating element an alleged dalliance between Sanusi and a feminine government at CBN they stated he had employed with out following the principles.

From revealed textual content messages the twain had been alleged   to have exchanged after a tryst at a five-star resort in Lagos you possibly can actually hear the moan of ecstasy and the enjoyment of conquest.

The Department of Dirty Tricks blanketed the media with these salacious reviews, hoping that the general public would rise in indignation, declare any public official concerned in such conduct responsible of “moral turpitude” and unfit to carry excessive public workplace.

There had been certainly those that reacted in precisely that method.  Some even went one higher, demanding that Sanusi be hauled earlier than the closest Sharia courtroom, tried summarily and sentenced to public flogging on his concupiscent butt.

But by and huge, the tales gained no traction within the media or in public discourse.

So, the authorities fell again on the bureaucratic expedients of audits and queries. Those didn’t work both.  With his accustomed hauteur, Sanusi disputed the competence and authority of the sources of the queries and refused to answer them. Nor would he resign, as President Jonathan requested.

But Abuja had had greater than sufficient.  It was time to unsheathe the sword of presidential energy; time for the previously shoeless boy from the creeks to show the haughty prince from Kano who has by no means lacked for something a lesson in realpolitik he appears to have forgotten: Power will all the time discover a means.

Didn’t Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna Sokoto and premier of Northern Nigeria depose and banish to Azare, in what was then Bauchi Province, the now former CBN governor’s iconoclastic grandfather, Muhammadu Sanusi, who served as Emir of Kano between 1954 and 1963?  Did the heavens fall?

So who or what can stand in the way in which of a President vested with the powers of a leviathan in his resolve to dismiss an official he can not work with?  The Constitution solely says the official can’t be dismissed with out the consent and approval of the Senate.  It doesn’t say that you just require any such approval to droop him.

So, go at him, and accomplish that with petulant vindictiveness. Humiliate him on the world stage; droop him from workplace whereas he’s conducting enterprise in Niamey, in Niger Republic, on the nation’s behalf.

In the foregoing narrative first revealed in column (“Desperate president, haughty prince” February 25, 2014), substitute President Goodluck Jonathan with the prickly Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Dangoje and change Sanusi, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria with an unreconstructed Sanusi as emir of Kano, self-absorbed and indelicate as ever, and you’ve got the setting for an ideal storm.

That storm rocked Kano final week and by the point it was over, Sanusi had develop into a forme emir, banished for the remainder of his life, stated the State authorities, to a country neighborhood in Nassarawa State, as far-off a spot as conceivable for re-creating the splendor and opulence  to which Sanusi had felt so entitled.

Within 24 hours, Sanusi’s highly effective pals, aided by a restraining order towards the banishment, plucked from that desolate setting and whisked him to the extra acquainted atmosphere of Lagos.

Whatever could have been Sanusi’s acts and omissions, the banishment should be seen in immediately’s circumstances as a merciless and weird – nay, impermissible — punishment, and the Abuja High Court was proper to grant him an injunctive reduction.  That anachronism should be expunged from our physique of legal guidelines.

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