By John Okiyi Kalu
You wrote the President, your boss, a private letter expressing concerns on issues related to your work. Fine and good. You now leak a copy of your “confidential” communication to a private citizen and somehow it got to the media and British parliament as a propaganda tool against your boss and employer. How did it get there?
After publicly reviewing the issues around your letter at the national assembly it was clear to all that you were not well informed about the operations of the NNPC and the oil sector or professional enough in your conclusions and conjectures. Even a baby like me knew that $50.9b CAN NOT grow wings in a financial year without the economy collapsing completely. Even the yet to be reconciled $10.5b must be within the economic system and nobody stole it as you sold it in your rabble rousing campaign.
A CBN governor who cannot keep secrets and even manage information is useless to the system. All over the world, CBN governors are not expected to be loquacious because their words impact on the economic system. But here we are stuck with a CBN governor that talks before thinking.
In consideration of your gaffes and weaknesses, your boss asked you privately to resign rather than be sacked or messing up the economy further for another 5 months.
And you responded with this?
:”I am going nowhere and I can only be removed by two-thirds of the Senate as required by law” and then leak the telephone conversation to the media again.
What manner of feudal arrogance is that?
Which law is this man talking about? Has he not heard of official secret act of 1962 as retained in our current constitution? Shouldn’t he be answering questions with the police rather than sitting pretty at CBN with his arrogant bum bum?
Unfortunately people will applaud this latest disregard and disrespect to our laws and office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Makes me wonder if the same people hailing the mullah would have done so if Soludo and YarAdua were involved.
It is simply because we don’t care about law and order that a man who was allegedly involved in beheading of Citizen Gideon Akaluka was allowed to become central bank governor in a secular country. To add salt to injury, nobody can clearly point to what this man achieved at CBN outside his over hyped attempt at launching Islamic banks in Nigeria. Every other thing about him has been all about overheating the polity with unguarded statements and actions.
If the CBN governor is allowed to get away with insurbodination and this unfounded arrogance, Nigerians should understand that we have started writing the final chapters of our national history.
Every Nigerian must show respect and deference to the office of the President and our laws, including the official secret act as it affects public servants. Permitting little indiscretions and revolts like this can only have long term negative effect as well as entrench a culture of leaking of official secrets.
It doesn’t matter who is president today, the presidency is an institution and laws must be obeyed by all, especially those higher up in the establishment food chain. Even if your father owns Nigeria, you must subject yourself to our laws and institutions or else return to Sudan and set up your own enclave where you will be Capo di tutti capi among sundry extremists and head hunters.
On the other hand, Mr President might need to review his leadership style to stem the descent into anarchy. Rather than call Sanusi on the phone, the police should have taken over since December and arrested everyone involved in the leakage of the official document. It might be easier to manage the arrogance of certain men when they are behind bars or starring jail in the eyes.
Weakness is one thing, perception of weakness is another thing. Either is not expected from the leader of Africa’s most populous nation.