Despair, despondency and utter bewilderment is the lot of many Nigerians over Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, CBN Governor’s statement recently on the lay-off of 50-70% of civil/public servants. It is very embarrassing and intimidating that such a statement should come from the current governor of the apex bank. He went further to castigate Mr. President and called for the drastic reduction of the members of the senate and house of representative and further called for the abolition of local government councils in Nigeria.
Without mincing words, I think it is crystal clear that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has failed this country as CBN governor. He sometime established Islam Banking without approval of the relevant authorities. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi should be quickly called to order and if necessary, should be relieved of his post because it is not for the interest of the nation. Sanusi should go and face his traditional stool in Kano State.
The federal government should put in oblivion with alacrity the unpopular statement of Sanusi and see the civil/public service as the engine room of any democratic structure. What the presidency should do for the civil/public servants to enable them continue to play their roles administratively as advisers with experienced hands is to increase service years for all staffers of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) from 35years to 40-years.
This is so because when retirement age was increased in 1979 from 55years to 60 years, service years was increased from 30 years to 35 years. It is therefore not appropriate to increase only age in some sectors of the economy to 65years, Sanusi’s personal view not withstanding, retirement age and service years should be 40 years of service or 65 years of age whichever one comes first. This will enable the public service to retain experienced and exposed public officials.
Mr. Sanusi should take it easy. His people has benefitted immensely through the federal character principle as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as propounded by the Late General Murtala Ramat Mohammed while addressing the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) on Monday, 20th July, 1975. The federal character principle is being abused in Nigeria, in the US it is for the best brains.
Mr. Sanusi, enough is more than enough according to Professor Tam David-West. As a matter of urgency return to your traditional stool in Kano and exhibit your so-called intelligence and professionalism at that level.
Joshua Abu is a freelance journalist based in Benin, Edo State.