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NITEL : Acting President never gave me orders – Anyanwu

By   Chinyere AMALU, Abuja
Former Director General of the Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE), Dr Chris Anyanwu, has denied media report  which linked his sack by the Federal Government to his refusal to carry out directive from the Acting President Goodluck Jonathan on the sale of  BPE.

According to the former BPE boss, to insinuate that the Acting President had meddled in the sale of NITEL , ordering him to sell to a preferred bidder was a deliberate attempt to rubbish the Acting President as well as distort the facts of the matter regarding the BPE sale.

It could be recalled that Chris Anyanwu, former BPE boss was relieved of his appointment as the Director General, via a memo communicated to him by the Secretary to the government of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed early this week.

But a national print media had alleged in a report published on page 2 of Tuesday, April 20 edition  that Anyanwu lost his job as a result of refusing a directive from the Acting President in which the latter had asked him to revert the NITEL sale and sell to a preferred bidder.

Dr. Anyanwu in a release he signed and made available to SaturdayVanguard  yesterday in Abuja,  described the publication as “malicious, baseless, fictional and lacking in all standard of the ethics of journalism”.

He said he was dismayed at the report as it only depicted the discrepancy of a few , who stopped at nothing to fuel his exit from the BPE.

Anyanwu said, “ I had no regrets at the actions I took to sell the BPE as I made sure that all processes and procedures that reflected transparency and due process was followed in the sale of NITEL.

“To insinuate that the Acting President had meddled in the sale of NITEL , ordering me to sell to a preferred bidder was a deliberate attempt to rubbish the Acting President as well as distort the facts of the matter regarding the BPE sale”.

He, however,  attributed his exit to some powerful forces who were displeased with his style, saying “the nation’s interest came first in all his dealings”.

“ The time I spent at the BPE gave me the exposure and experience that shall be with me for the rest of my life. While at the BPE, my actions were guided by the rules and regulation guarding the BPE.

‘While I remain grateful for the opportunity giving me to serve the nation, the report which tended to suggest that I was relieved of my post as a result of  a grouse with the Acting President over my refusal to heed to his directive, is to cause deliberate mischief as I never personally interfered in the suggested manner with the sale of NITEL.

‘ My tenure was eventful as the track record of achievements speak for itself as for the first time in the history of Nigeria, sales of public properties under my leadership at the BPE were done at record breaking prices never imagined or attained before as a result of the very transparent manner we handled the sale of such enterprises”, Anyanwu added.

The former BPE Boss, therefore, said he would engage his lawyers to contact the publishers of the newspaper with a view to retracting the story or pay for damages as the report maligned his character, tending to represent him as painting the Acting President as very corrupt fellow, which was not the case.


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