ACF, Amaechi fault suspension
Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday faulted the suspension of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor.
It accused President Goodluck Jonathan of ignoring due process in taking the action.
Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi also said Dr. jonathan acted with impunity by his action.
Amaechi, who spoke yesterday at Christ Church, Port Harcourt, during a service organised for the induction of the Resident Minister and reception of the Assistant Resident Ministers, said: “You can imagine how President Jonathan announced the sudden removal (suspension) of the CBN Governor. He does not have such powers. He knows that nothing will happen. That was why he took that action.
“While we are talking about the problem and the ways to end religious wars in the country, others are busy stealing our money. Maybe they are using it to divert our attention. The issue of the missing $49.8 billion from the federation account is still there. If you convert that money to naira, you will get N80 trillion and that money can solve the problem of this country for the next few years.
“The federal government said they used the money for this and that, but the constitution says nobody can tamper with that money. The money must first be paid into the federation account. So that Rivers State or Imo State can have its share, but the Federal Government has gone upfront to collect this money, without actually following the due process as stipulated by law.”
“So, the preachers should begin to preach what we call the Liberation Theology. You (church leaders) are supposed to have more responsibilities to hold government accountable.”
The NGF chairman also admonished members of the Christ Church, Port Harcourt to accord more trust, confidence and encouragement to the newly-inducted resident minister, Rev. Kaleb Kay Uche, and the assistant resident ministers, Rev. Canon Inuma T. Davies and Rev. Victor Ben.
He noted that by the training in the Catholic Church, the priests would not lack anything, with church members buying them cars, clothing and food, among others, making them to be buried in the church’s premises, when they die, stressing that Catholic priests could never be disrespected.
Amaechi promised to commence the building of a model primary school in the church premises.
The Prelate and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria to Christ Church, Port Harcourt, His Eminence, Rev. Emele Mba Uka, highlighted the significance of the induction of the resident ministers and their services to the church and humanity.
A statement by ACF National Publicity Secretary, Mohammad Ibrahim Biu, after an emergency meeting, said due process was not followed in suspending Sanusi.
They asked the government to immediately recall him to enable him testify before the Senate on allegation of missing public funds.
The statement said: “ACF wishes to remind the government that only the Senate has the power to dismiss or remove the Central Bank Governor with a two-thirds majority vote following due process.
“This action of government has negative implication on transparency and good governance. It negates the principle of separation of powers, it also shows that the government has already decided to sack him.
“The ACF wishes to advise the government and all concerned to avoid doing anything that will tarnish Nigeria’s image and refrain from exposing Nigeria to ridicule at the international level.
“ACF wishes to express concern about the personal security and safety of Mallam Sanusi as it has been reported that his passport has been seized and the security detail attached to him withdrawn”.