Pastor Tunde Bakare, the Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly and Convener of the Save Nigeria Group, on Sunday threw his weight behind the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, whose courage he praised as exemplary.
“Few men have the aristocratic dignity of a man who time and again, while in public office, raised his voice against profligacy and monetary imprudence especially among the legislators and sometimes among the executive,” Bakare said during his church sermon, stressing that no serving Nigerian government official has been as outspoken against misgovernace as Mr. Sanusi.
He pointed out, however, that the time that the CBN, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the PPPRA, the NNPC and other agencies provided conflicting figures as to actual subsidy payments to the Adhoc Committee on the management of fuel subsidy, may have been the opportune time to blow the whistle.
“Perhaps Sanusi Lamido Sanusi at the time did not have the facts he now has; perhaps, cautious and tactical in his fight against the corrupt system, he was conscious of the sensitivity of his office especially as regards the need to preserve the stability of the economy; perhaps, he had waited for a more appropriate time; whatever the case, aitete m’ole, ole m’oloko,” he said, using a Yoruba proverb be interpreted to mean that “when the owner of the farm fails to apprehend the thief in time, the thief will apprehend the owner and label him the thief.”
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