- A former national legal adviser to the APC has reacted to opposition to his nomination as chairman, governing board of the Assets Management Company of Nigeria
- The nominee, Muiz Banire, says it is those who are professional politicians and whose survival depends on such that can be so threatened
- Those that opposed Banire's nomination are the three APC senators representing Lagos state
Following the opposition to his nomination as chairman, governing board of the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), a former national legal adviser to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muiz Banire, has spoken on the issue.
Premium Times reports that the nomination of Banire by President Muhammadu Buhari was opposed by the three All Progressives Congress senators representing Lagos state, Banire's home state.
NAIJ.com gathers that in a petition during the Senate plenary, Olamilekan Solomon (Lagos West), Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central), and Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East), said their constituents had rejected Banire’s nomination.
Reacting to their opposition, Banire said in a statement on Wednesday, July 25: “In the first place, let me recognise the constitutional right of the three senators to express their views without let or hindrance.
“It is part of the democratic tenets we all cherish and strive to protect at all times. Equally, because of the respect I have for the offices of the senators, I will not join issues with them, particularly when it has become traditional and conventional for them to be objectors on occasions such as this.
“All I can say is that I wish them well and remind them that no dynasty or empire lasts forever. Whatever has a beginning will have an end.
“However, it is necessary to point out to interested/concerned members of the Nigerian citizenry that my nomination in the first place is not a quota appointment (as the three politicians and distinguished senators may have wrongly perceived) requiring their special approval to deal with."
He said he was simply nominated as a Nigerian, adding that President Buhari had a lot of confidence in him.
Banire continued: “I urge all my well wishers to remain calm in the face of this provocation as I am optimistic that the proper thing will ultimately be done by the Senate as has been done in the past. They should please not engage them on any street contest.
“Beyond the above, let me also state clearly that I am blessed with so many alternative contact addresses and consequently, do not desperately need a political job to survive.
“It is those who are professional politicians and whose survival depends on such that can be so threatened. Here I am, a professional in politics. Of course, if this is a continuation of the consistent harassment, intimidation and threat to gag my advocacy for good governance and the rule of law, the effect, unfortunately is otherwise.
“It strengthens me further and makes me resolute in my crusade. I shall continue to interrogate and agitate (for) issues of good governance and rule of law, regardless of whose ox is gored.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, July 17, appointed a former legal adviser of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Muiz Banire, as chairman of the governing board of the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON).
The president also appointed the chairman and 12 commissioners of the Federal Civil Service Commission.
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