Saraki calls for close examination of Sanusi’s suspension

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Senator Bukola Saraki, the chairman senate committee on Environment and Ecology has called for an examination of the suspension of the Central Bank governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

The senator is of the opinion that since the Senate did not endorse Sanusi’s suspension, his suspension is therefore illegal and unconstitutional.

Also, Senator Saraki said that the statement of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe that the Senate was in support of the President’s decision was his own personal opinion, and not a reflection of the Senate’s thinking.

He said, “The Senate has not at any time debated this issue and I want to say that the statement made by Senator Abaribe is his personal opinion. We never received a letter on this before and so we did not debate it.”

“By the time the Senate resumes, we will look into the issue. I have gone through the CBN Act and the relevant sections and there is no part of that act that supports the action taken by Mr President; whether you call it suspension or removal”, he added.

He also said, “This issue is not about Sanusi, but more about the new governor. We all know that his tenure is five years and another president can come up tomorrow and make reference to what happened in 2014 to the extent that the independence of the CBN is no longer there. This should be largely discouraged.”

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