In an explosive interview with Peace Hyde on Forbes Africa TV, Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano and Former Central Bank Governor of Nigeria recounts the day $20 billion dollars of the Nigerian people’s money vanished from state coffers and his final meeting with the Former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and what transpired.
Read excerpts from the interview below;
“The president called me and said I should see him at 3pm. I turned up at 3pm and the entire place had been swept. There was no one apart from security services. Eerie silence. I got to his office, it was just me and him. It was as if everybody had been asked to go. And so he says to me, he’s calling me because he is surprised that letter I wrote to him got to Obasanjo. I said I’m surprised too. He said he’s calling me because he thinks I know who gave Obasanjo the letter and I said no I don’t. He said the letter must have been leaked from the Central Bank and I said no, the letter was in different places. It was in the villa, it was in petroleum, it was in finance, it was in CBN. Either way, Obasanjo has been president so he lived in this villa for 8 years and he is more likely to have sources in this villa than inside the Central bank.
“He said he is convinced that the letter went from the central bank to Obasanjo, and I had 24 hours to find who leaked the letter or sack somebody; the director who prepared the letter or my secretary and if I did not sack them, that was proof that I leaked the letter and therefore, I should resign. I said to him that I’m surprised that I’m being asked to resign for raising an alarm over missing funds and the minister in charge of the portfolio is not being asked to resign.
“From then I knew I had signed my equivalent for death warrant…
But I said I was not resigning. I said I had no intention of resigning. He [Jonathan] got very angry once I mentioned the minister [Allison Diezani] and said whether you like it or not, you’re going to leave that office, I cannot continue to work with you, either you or I will leave government.”
Sanusi said he knew that for daring Diezani who was the most powerful minister in Jonathan’s government he would be in big trouble but he was ready to die for Nigeria than keep quiet.
“I knew that taking on NNPC was taking on the most powerful minister in Jonathan’s government, and nobody who had touched Diezani had survived. It was not a question of what would happen, I just didn’t care at that time. I did not want to go down in history as having seen this and kept quiet”.