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“I Don’t Need to Prove Anything”! Watch Lamido Sanusi’s Tell-All Interview with Channels TV

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“My contributions exceed that of all past governors”

“Is supporting bomb blast and flood victims from CBN’s profit reckless?”

“I wanted to leave in October 2013”

“I have delivered 100% of my target”

Those are few quotes from Sanusi Lamido Sanusi‘s No-holds barred interview with Channels Television.

The ousted CBN governor has aired his views on his suspension for a past few days, but elaborates more with the Nigerian network.

Must watch!

25 Comments

  1. Blossom

    February 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Can’t watch vid. Awaiting comments. *chews popcorn*

  2. 2014

    February 24, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    The man after my heart! Leave with your head held high sanusi. Wishing you the very best life has to offer.

  3. lilz

    February 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    his nose is shiny

  4. Eve

    February 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I do like Sanusi. He is well spoken and his background just gives him much confidence i know a lot of Nigerians will mistake for arrogance. Sanusi just like mr president are all public servants and owe it to Nigerians to serve us. The only thing I have against him is staying in power to fight opposition. He would have resigned b4 the battle started. It’s always better fighting from outside instead of within.. People need to understand that this suspension the president called out wasn’t because of SLS’s incompetence but because he dared expose a cartel of government thieves..now let the comments begin.

    • CovertNigerian

      February 24, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      I disagree. There are good reasons to challenge a system from within – especially if it’s your job. The problem arises when public servants believe they owe allegiance to political leadership and not to the country and public in general. In a country where autonomy is respected, the attorney general for instance would privately and then if need be publicly disagree with the president if he blatantly breaks the law of the land. In my view, Sanusi did his job by making his allegations. Whether we like it or not, part of the reason his statements carry so much weight is that he is CBN governor and not some disgruntled ex-governor as I’d expect Abati to describe him if he had made these allegation after resigning or after his tenure.
      Your suggestion almost amounts to saying, unless you allow exceptions, that the police, EFCC, ICPC heads and so on should never hold public officials to account while they are heading their agencies. Yes CBN is not an anti corruption agency, but it’s the same principle as far as I’m concerned. Whistle blowers need to be protected not vilified. You should not have to choose between your job in the public service (esp if like SLS you are actually competent) and acting in the public interest.

  5. Chu-Chu

    February 24, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Nice talk Eve!!! I think Lamido is quite Intelligent and did reasonably well during his regime as the CBN governor, His delivery could have been better though but its not as bad as Mr president and his team are making it seem.

  6. Ilamosi Damisah

    February 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Sanusi is very right. We need more daring public servants like this. God bless him.

    • am

      February 24, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      To truly serve Nigeria is a sacrifice, because the opposition is very powerful, very good at manipulating the public and press. All I can do is pray God strengthen the few brave ones, shame and open the secret cupboard of the ones who put their self interest above the interest of the Nigerian people and nation.

  7. Fancy

    February 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I do agree with you, fighting from within was a huge mistake, u cannot pull down a system and be part of it.

  8. Love me Love me

    February 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Like the man but every tenure has to come to an end.
    I didn’t know CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) was a charity organization. Charity work is not part of that function.

    • Ricky

      February 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      It’s not called charity. It falls under CSR – “corporate social responsibility,” which they are well within their rights to perform.

    • CovertNigerian

      February 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Goodness! Just FYI…the donations by the CBN did not begin under Sanusi’s leadership. It has been going on for years. Just visit some Nigerian universities and look around and you’ll find projects.

  9. sir kael

    February 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Yea d guy is great but had a bad plan in exposing d cartel. God bless ya and expose d thieves even without u there. Gbam!!!

  10. sir kael

    February 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Yea d guy is great but had a bad plan in exposing d cartel. God bless ya and expose d thieves even without u there. Gbam!!!

  11. Mz Socially Awkward...

    February 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    This has been a real talking point this week. A lot of Nigerians agree that his ousting was a hatchet job and he’s being publicly disgraced. On the other hand, his outrightly political attitude these last few months may have been a bit rash for someone in his position. Hopefully, he’s already retained a good lawyer for whatever comes next.

  12. @edDREAMZ

    February 24, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Nice one daddy sanusi but we still need change…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN THE SUN***

  13. dame

    February 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Sanusi ..hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I don’t know if I can say this whole political higi haga was a heroic move or a strategy towards your desired ambition of being an Emir. said that, I think the vote of public opinion is for you so congratulations in advance! about time Corporate Governance became a part of this our nation! transparency is key. if the allegations are true (God forbid)! I am not worried at least you understood the concept of corporate social responsibility. Cheers mate! drink is on me!

  14. Mo

    February 24, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I have and continue to be impressed by Sanusi.
    – I work in one of the big auditing firms in Nigeria and the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria is a regulatory body that oversees the regulation of accounting standards in Nigeria. They DO NOT go over financial statements or reports of companies without liaising directly with the auditing firm involved. The fact that this was done by them is fishy and reeks of someone just looking for holes to pick for trouble
    – If he (as the CBN Governor) was being suspected of financial recklessness etc, why wasn’t this case investigated. We are famous of setting up investigative committees and it is suspicious that he was just suspended like that without being properly investigated. Wasn’t Odua given a chance to defend herself too?
    – There have been so so many issues with NNPC over the last couple of years whether relating to funds diversion, corruption, non-remittance etc. Are these not examples of financial misconduct, why haven’t they suspended the Ministers of Finance and Petroleum or the NNPC MD???
    – If the government was not fearful of him, they would have suspended him in Nigeria. They didn’t have to wait for him to travel to do that. Just wanted to embarrass him. Why seize his passport ?
    – @ Lovemeloveme, yes, CBN is not a charity organisation but they have CSR responsibilities and can decide to give for charity. FIRS, NCC and all the other regulatory bodies do so. Even the Ministries do a lot of that too.
    – The truth of the matter is that for things to happen in Nigeria, we need daring people who are able to go against the norm. Transformation leaders who have made specific laudable impacts at certain points had to step on toes and take on actions that go against the norm and offend people (i.e. Dora at NDLEA, El-Rufai at FCT, Oby at Min of Education, Ngozi as her first MOF term, Fashola as Lagos Gov, Ribadu at EFCC). We had a serious banking crisis in the sector and if he wasn’t brash and deliberate he wouldn’t have brought down people who were defrauding the financial system (and also heavily supporting the parties)
    – Out of all of the key government people including Ngozi and Diezani who had direct influence on the issue of of subsidy removal, he was the only one able to properly articulate why we needed to take away the subsidy. Ngozi appeared so clueless and inarticulate on the channels tv interviews and Diezani was nowhere to be found.
    – I definitely do agree that sometimes he talks too much and sometimes wonder why he wasn’t a bit more deliberate in choosing the frequency of his talks. That being said, i will take his attitude to leadership any day any time over our current President. For us to get better, we need smart, decisive leaders who can surround themselves with strong and very experienced people. Leaders who are not afraid to make difficult decisions. Leaders who understand the importance of timing and the need to nip issues in the bud.

    • Idak

      February 24, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      Your lineage will stumble upon God’s goodness endlessly.
      I just watched the video again and had a second look at the articulate, confident (bothering on arrgance) and eloquent mallam Sanusi. Then I remembered the clueless,docile and uninspiring fellow who suspended him and I just shook my head in resignation. This project called Nigeria is dead on arrival,if this sort of leadership called FRESH AIR continues to thrive. No amount of prayer will save us.

      Mo, may it be well with you and yours.

  15. dapo

    February 24, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Best part I have given 100%, I want to learn some languages and retire to my farm. God bless this man, the beginning of a new breed of civil servants.

  16. Marvel

    February 24, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you, Mo. I agree with you. Jonathan had better stop squandering our reserves. He is surrounded by thieves and I am inclined to believe that the friend of a thief IS a ……

  17. Seun

    February 25, 2014 at 11:16 am

    The more you look the less you see in this our great country. The fear of God has suddenly disappeared in the hearts of our leaders. God will save us

  18. adelegirl

    February 25, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I think it is sadly hilarious that the President during his media chat said Sanusi still remains CBN Governor but had to be suspended so they could carry out investigations on the allegations made against him unhindered. My goodness! There have been at least 3 different reports indicting DAM and NNPC over recklessness, mal-administration in the petroleum industry with billions of dollars missing- long before Sanusi started talking about un-remitted funds yet DAM is still there, no heads have rolled at NNPC and they keep appointing docile fearful figurehead stooges as heads of petroleum sector agencies. Remember the now infamous Farouk Lawan House of Reps Adhoc Committee report on fuel subsidy, the Ribadu Report on Petroleum Revenue which was also cleverly tainted by reports of in-fighting among members of the Committee, and there was another report by an auditing firm- PWC I think it was. Oh, there is also the NEITI Report. In fact, there are a gazillion reports indicting DAM and NNPC.

    I heard about this FRCN hatchet job being in the works about mid last year. There were complaints about CBN not auditing its books bla bla bla. Recall when the House was challenging CBN’s autonomy and trying to restrict its autonomy? That was about that time and apparently had to do with him being a rabble rousing noisemaker though we- the public- hadn’t started hearing about his adventures. Apparently, they had attempted to remove him or at least scare him into silence by claiming that he did not submit reports as he should, unfortunately for him, the CBN Act did not require him to submit the particular report to the Presidency. It seems they were determined to do him in and they finally got a chance with this cooked up FRCN Report. The allegations in the report are no where near as damning as recurring allegations against DAM and NNPC. I just wonder why they didn’t just allow him to ride out is term- I feel that there is something else really sinister about the economy going down that made it imperative to remove Sanusi immediately because they could have avoided all this drama with even foreign reputable media such as NY Times and FT weighing in by just leaving him till 1 June when he was officially due to leave anyway.

    Sanusi is absolutely right when he talks about the vested interests in the Nigerian oil sector especially on the part of the government. Remember former Minister of State for Finance- Remi Babalola who accused NNPC of owing the federation account by not making remittances or making incomplete remittances? He was subtly fired. A few days after he said that he was moved to Ministry of Special Duties also known as the Graveyard ministry – nothing happens there. It is practically a dead end. He eventually resigned and we’ve not heard from him ever again. Only God knows what they threatened him with if he speaks. This government is deeply sinister I tell you!

  19. shaibu

    February 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I keep telling people, GEJ is a vetinary doctor he knows nothing about leadership and bcos of dat he wil always be on a wrong track. sanusi lamido sanusi is not just a CBN governor is great man who put nigerians first b4 anything this is the man who make nigerians have faith in financial institution, now we no dat jonathan is sorounded by bounch of iluminaty who always put demselves b4 de nation.

  20. NNENNE

    February 26, 2014 at 4:47 am

    He is very articulate and eloquent.
    I refuse to take sides because am an outsider but I genuinely wish him well.

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