Mallam Sanusi, who spoke to Agence France-Presse (AFP), on a day the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the opposition All Progressives Congress traded tackles on the propriety of suspending him, appeared resolute in his allegations against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, declaring that,
In an interview with AFP in Lagos, Sanusi said many of the people advising Jonathan are sycophants who do not speak frankly about the extent of corruption in government.
The former CBN governor, who learnt of his removal while he was attending a regional meeting of CBN governors in Niger Republic, immediately returned to the country and had his passport seized by the Directorate of State Services, DSS.
Last Friday, he secured a temporary order from the Federal High Court, Lagos barring the DSS or the police from arresting him.
Sanusi also commented on the seizure of his passport:
“I thought taking away my passport was the beginning of infringement on my fundamental human rights,” explaining that he had already sought court protection over it.
Regarding the allegations against him, Sanusi said he had earlier this year heard of a report condemning his performance and wrote to President Jonathan in “June or July” asking if an explanation was needed, but that he received no reply. According to him, the
On his face-off with the NNPC, Sanusi told the AFP that the extent of the graft may have reached a historic height, saying
According to Sanusi, the so-called kerosene subsidy money in fact pays for
Sanusi ruled out running for elected office, but said he may still have a future in public service.
In the short term, he expressed his readiness to face any attacks that may be coming from those he said are committed to preserving the status quo in a nation where, despite massive oil wealth, most people live in abject poverty.
Few hours after Sanusi was suspended on February 20, 2014, Thursday, the President appointed Mrs Sarah Alade as Acting governor, while forwarding the name of Mr Godwin Emefiele to the Senate for approval as the new CBN governor.