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The Putrid Mess also in CBN (3)

The object of the earlier articles in this series is to show that the Central Bank’s (CBN) condemnation and indictment of banks is as hypocritical as the proverbial ‘pot calling the kettle black’! Indeed, the CBN’s posturing assumes an immoral colouration, because in reality, the malaise in the banks was actually instigated by the failure of the apex bank to effectively perform its secondary role as the official regulator and supervisor of the money market.

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The putrid mess also in CBN!

Media reports indicated that such auditors were indeed deployed to the banks late in 2008, shortly before expiration of Soludo’s five-year term; however, it would seem that these auditors failed woefully in alerting the nation of the inebriate state of the banks! Indeed, possibly based on the incorrect reports filed back, or in spite of the ugly reality, the former CBN Governor boasted that Nigerian banks were stronger than ever and could readily support the government if the effects of the global recession approached our shores!

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Banks and Money Laundering (1)

In the event that no charge has been formally brought against the Governor pending the conclusion of police investigations, it may not be appropriate to begin to pass judgment on the violation of any criminal or ethical codes by the currently beleaguered Governor who has nonetheless been restrained to London until a date in November, in spite of the diplomatic immunity he would normally enjoy as an accredited public servant of his country.

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Nigeria’s Debt Creation Office!

Our public institutions have now become so adept at soothing our anxieties and our pains while they are busy deliberately inflicting untold hardship on our people. For example, the availability of public power supply has remained illusory in spite of trillions of naira voted for this sector over the years, but our leaders continue to proclaim their ‘sincere’ commitment and endlessly encourage us to be patient!

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EXTERNAL DEBT: AT WHAT COST?

“On the domestic front, we also recall the rapid accumulation of local debts particularly through bond issuance by almost N2000bn within four years, without recourse for NASS approval. There is practically nothing to show for these loans, and it seems that these loans were incurred specifically for non-tangible purposes with dubious and immeasurable yardsticks!

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A salad bowl of intellectual garbage (7)

Humanity is still intimidated by fears it inherited from prehistoric humans, as well as fears that are products of the technological advancement of civilization, including the fear of nuclear annihilation. Collective fear engenders herd instinct, and tends to encourage aggressively towards strangers. As I suggested a moment ago, fear stimulates cruel impulses, and hence promotes superstitious beliefs which appear to justify cruelty.

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Dividends of N440bn Security Vote for Niger Delta

The weapons funded with the 2008 budget votes had largely been consolidated by the first quarter of 2009 and about mid May this year, the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) was sufficiently emboldened to embark on a major resurgence of its operations in the area; villages and erstwhile sleepy communities were ravaged, innocent men, women and children were slaughtered, community leaders and chiefs were arrested while others fled into the bush; the mansions of local beneficiaries of the proceeds of oil bunkerings were razed and these erstwhile government political collaborators were declared wanted and remained at large! Government reported the recovery of diaries, accounting records and other documents which listed the affiliates of the hunted ‘militants’.

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Sanusi’s Interview With London Financial Times (2)

In last week’s column, we invited Sanusi to take a closer look at the proposal in our paper titled “A Liberalised Foreign Exchange Market: and its Economic Benefit” Boyo/Ojomaikre 2002 to the National Economic Intelligence Committee (see www.geocities.com/lesleba) in which we recommended that CBN auditors be permanently embedded in the Treasury and Foreign Exchange Departments of each bank as the only way to guarantee that the information submitted by our banks are accurate and reflect a true position of their state of health.

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Sanusi’s Interview With London Financial Times

By Les Leba Lamido Sanusi, the new CBN  Governor’s interview with Matthew  Green of the London Financial Times is the second extensive interview granted the media house since his appointment.  Mr. Sanusi should be commended for ensuring that a local media “Next on Sunday’ was given the first opportunity to reveal the person, aspirations and
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