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Banks shake-up: Akiolu backs Sanusi

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
THE traditional ruler of Lagos, Oba Riliwanu Akiolu, has described those castigating the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Sanusi Lamido, for exposing corrupt bank Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) as “not being truthful and realistic.”

Akiolu, who made this remarks at the ninth Annual Ramadan lecture organized by the Ansar-Ud-Deen Old Student Association (ADCIOSA), at Isolo, at the weekend, also clarified that the ongoing investigation in the banking sector is not a Northern agenda as being peddled in some quarters but a welcome development in the overall interest of the Nigerians.

According to the Oba, the ongoing shake-up in the banking sector was long overdue since the bank consolidation which reduced the number of banks in Nigeria to 25.

“Those who are calling for the removal or castigation of Sanusi Lamido, the current CBN governor are not truthful and realistic,”Akiolu stated.

He added that “what Professor Soludo could not do during his time in office, that is, exposing corrupt bank CEOs is what Sanusi Lamido is doing now in the interest of the banks’ depositors and creditors.”

Akiolu stressed that Sanusi was not playing the Northern agenda as he was put in the position by God and nobody can remove him, except  God.

However, in a rejoinder by the National President of ADCIOSA, Mr Abioudun Dabiri, to an earlier report that Akiolu asked the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to extend its investigation to former CBN governor, Prof. Soludo and his deputy Mr. Tunde Lemo and his deputy, he stated that the Oba, throughout his speech never mentioned that EFCC should probe the duo.

What the Kabiyesi said was tha those who are calling for the removal or castigation of Sanusi Lamido sanusi the current CBN governor are not truthful and realistic.”

In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Musiliu Smith called for the entire old students of Ansar Ud-Deen in Nigerias and diaspora to unite for the benefit of the Ansar Ud-Deen College, Isolo, so that the projects such as the college mosque and clinic will be achievable soonest.

Speaking Earlier, the guest lecturer, Prof Shamsideen Elegba stated that for the country to achieve vision 2020, the federal government and all the state governors must be ready to establish a Zakat (arms giving) administration board.

Elegba said “This I believe will further take us closer to the Nigeria of our dream, where our children can grow up in peace and harmony and contribute to the development of a united and prosperous Nigeria”

He said that this would further remove beggars from all the streets, help widows, stop any “Boko Haram” and create employment in the country.

Elegba noted that since the Hajj administration board is without an edict on Shariah, Zakat board could also be in the same pattern.


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