Banire’s removal, not an attack on Yorubas – APC Chieftain

A political stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Global Security Expert, Ambassador Abayomi Mumuni Nurain has said that the recent removal of Dr Muiz Banire as Chairman of Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) was not a deliberate attempt to malign the Yorubas in the Buhari’s administration as is being insinuated in some quarters.
In a statement signed by his media aide, Mr Rasheed Abubakar on Wednesday, Mumuni attributed his replacement to the amendment of the AMCON Act by the 8th National Assembly, adding that people should stop playing identity politics with policy and legal issues
Ever since the announcement became public knowledge, there has been insinuations from certain quarters that the development is an attack against the Yorubas, reading ethnic colourations to it.
However, Mumuni, who is also the Aare Jagunmade 1 of Lagos, has faulted such insinuations saying that Edward Adamu’s appointment was in order given the recent amendment to the AMCON Act, warning people against playing politics of mischief through social media.
“It is important for Nigerians to know that Banire’s replacement as AMCON Chairman was not a deliberate attack on the Yoruba people, especially we, ‘the Sons of the Soil of Lagos’. It was rather a consequence of the recent amendment to the AMCON Act passed by the 8th Senate. We should learn not to believe some sections of social media news, as majority of the news come with the intent to cause political anarchy.
“The recently amended act was passed few months ago by the 8th Assembly. Among other things, it says that a Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will henceforth chair the Commission on a part time basis,” he said.
The former Lagos gubernatorial candidate of the defunct CPC noted that Dr Muiz Banire is a man of sound reputation and a good representative of Lagos State to which he is a bonafide indigene, who has always been in the good books of President Muhammad Buhari, and can always serve Nigeria in other capacities.
He, however, said that the review of AMCON Act has deprived him the benefit of continuously serving as the Chairman of AMCON since he is not a Deputy Governor of CBN.
The APC chieftain urged the general public to refrain from politicising and ‘ethnicising’ such directive from the President. He wondered why people would always wail when a Northerner replaces a Southerner in public offices and choose to look away when a Southerner replaces a Northerner as in the case of the Commissioner-designate of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullahi Hassan.3 Attachments



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