A former majority leader in the Osun state House of Assembly, Hon. Wahab Toye, has said that the suspension of Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was a confirmation of high level of corrupt practices in government.
Toye, who stated this in Ibadan during an interactive session with journalists, noted that the suspension without doubt was an affirmation of corrupt practices in government by the president.
He said: “Suspension of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor is an affirmation of corrupt practices in government by the president himself, and it is quite unfortunate for a Nigerian state we find ourselves now. I may say that the action is not only a de facto, but a de jure approval of corrupt practices in governance, endorsed by the president. It is an endorsement of corrupt practices amongst public office holders under this regime.”
Toye added that the “answer to Malam Sanusi’s exposition is not in suspending him because he was assisting the nation,” and that “it is just a fractional problem.”
According to him, corruption has gone into many facets of the nation’s psyche; be it economy, education and the rest.”
He said: “Leadership determines the type of governance you have. If certain part of the alleged $49b could later be remitted, it means that if Sanusi had not raised the dust, the whole money would have gone like that. This is unfortunate and it calls for deep worry.
“What I would have expected as a way out of this mess was for the government or the National Assembly to have set up a financial group to investigate this allegation and come out with a report. For Sanusi to have been talking like that means that he has documents on his side to back up his claim. He was helping the nation to start a cleansing exercise, but they did not want him to do that.”