From GBENGA ADESUYI, Ibadan
An Ibadan-based legal luminary, Otunba Kunle Kalejaye (SAN), has lambasted the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi over his recent statement, calling for mass retrenchment of the civil servant in the country as a solution to the nations economic woes, describing it as the most irresponsible recommendation. Sanusi had recommended the sacking of 50 per cent of the federal workforce, as well as total removal of petroleum subsidy, ideas which had been condemned by many Nigerians. But Kalejaye, while speaking with newsmen at the weekend said: “Sanusi is a nuisance, which the nation does not need.
As governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi has not done anything to help the economy, but has only been compounding the nation’s problem.” He spoke at Basorun area of Ibadan during the inauguration of his ‘Clementina Event Centre’. He added: “If you wake up in the morning in a government’s house, you sleep in an air-conditioned room, you turn on the tap and water comes out, either hot or cold, depending on your choice; you bath in your Jacuzzi, eat government food, you tend to lose connection with the people. “There are millions of Nigerians, whose only source of livelihood is that they have a relation working in a federal civil service. Imagine, if you sack 50 per cent of federal civil servants, you are not only sacking those 50 per cent, you are probably sacking times 10 of that 50 per cent. “You see, sacking people because of the economy is bad is not the solution.
What is he doing as the governor of the central bank to help the economy? Is his being at the federal level just to criticize the Federal Government? Is he not to proffer solutions? The problem is that many big boys from the North whom the government cannot touch surround us. If not, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi should not last another 24 hours on that job. It is a most irresponsible recommendation”, Kalejaye said. On President Goodluck Jonathan criticism by his predecessor, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, regarding the handling of Boko Haram issue, Kalejaye said the matter needed military solution, which the government was not allowing. “I think the Federal Government is just playing politics with the issue of Boko Haram. When Chief Obasanjo was there and Ijaw youths were giving us problem in Odi, he used military intervention.
The Boko Haram have declared war against the entity called Nigeria and the president only needs to fight fire with fire. They do not need dialogue. How do you dialogue with mad men who are saying that every Nigerian must be a Muslim, people who are against Western education? Where is the meeting point? “The government should come out and tell us who are behind the Boko Haram, if they know them. I believe the Boko Haram issue deserves military solution. The people are not ghosts; they are human beings with wives, cousins, and relations. So, my conclusion to nip the menace in the bud is military solution.”