The recent removal of Dr Muiz Banire as Chairman of Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) is not an attempt to malign the Yorubas in the Buhari’s administration as is being insinuated in some quarters, according to a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Amb. Abayomi Mumuni.
In an interview with The Renaissance Mumuni attributed Banire’s replacement to the amendment of the AMCON Act by the 8th National Assembly.
He warned that people should stop playing identity politics with policy and legal issues.
He mentioned that since the announcement was made, there have been insinuations that the development was an attack inst the Yorubas, reading ethnic colourations to it.
He, however, faulted such insinuations, saying that Edward Adamu’s appointment was in order.
“It is important for Nigerians to know that Banire’s replacement as AMCON Chairman was not a deliberate attack on Yoruba.
“It is 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 the majority of the news comes with the intent to cause political anarchy.
“The recently amended act was passed a 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,” Mumuni said.
The former Lagos gubernatorial candidate of the defunct CPC described Banire as is a man of sound reputation and a good representative of Lagos State.
He also stressed that said that the review of the 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 ethnicism 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.
By Kemi Ibrahim