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Jonathan surrounded by 'incompetent" frauds -Sanusi Lamido



Nigeria’s former Central Bank chief, Lamido Sanusi on
Sunday described the president who ousted him as a simple man trying
to do well who has been undermined by incompetent and fraudulent
Sanusi was suspended by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday
over alleged financial misconduct, a move seen by many analysts as
politically motivated.
Sanusi has accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Company
(NNPC) of misappropriating $20 billion (14.5 billion euros),
allegations that earned him powerful enemies across the government.
In an interview with AFP in Lagos, Sanusi said many of the people
advising Jonathan are sycophants who do not speak frankly or
honestly about the extent of corruption in government.
“When you sit with President Jonathan himself he appears a nice
simple person who is trying his best to do his best,” Sanusi said.
“His greatest failing obviously is that he is surrounded by people who
are extremely incompetent, who are extremely fraudulent and whom
he trusts.”
Sanusi learned of his removal from office while in Niger on
Thursday and immediately returned to Lagos, where agents from the
Directorate of State Services (DSS) seized his passport.
On Friday, he secured a temporary protective order from the
Federal High Court in Lagos barring Nigerian intelligence agents
from the DSS or police from arresting him.
“I thought taking away my passport was the beginning of infringement
on my fundamental human rights,” Sanusi told AFP, explaining why
he had already sought court protection.
While no charges have been filed against him, Sanusi said he was
prepared for whatever attacks may come.
“That we are here today means that I have taken the decision that I
will face the consequences of whatever I do,” he said.
He said his “fierce independence” had been an annoyance to the
government since 2009, culminating with his sustained, public attack on
the NNPC, widely seen as the epicentre of corruption in Africa’s top
oil producer.
“If I am sacrificed in whatever way, my freedom or my life… if it
does lead to better accountability it will be well worth it,” he said

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