The former national adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Muiz Banire, has reacted to the opposition to his appointment as the chairman, board of directors of Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) by three senators representing Lagos State saying he does not need their approval.
It would be recalled that President Muhamadu Buhari recently made Banire AMCON chairman, but the appointment was vehemently opposed by senators Oluremi Tinubu, Olamilekan Solomon and Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos State in the senate.
Banire said in a statement that ordinarily, he would not like to join issues with the lawmakers as his nomination was not a quota appointment that would require their special approval.
He stressed that such opposition would not undermine his political prospects or his source of livelihood and reminded the senators that empires do not last forever.
“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 the rule of law, regardless of whose ox is gored.
“Recent developments relating to my nomination as chairman of board of directors of Asset Management Corporation by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, GCFR, have opened a new page in my public life necessitating some sort of public engagement.
“However, except for the agitation of my teeming supporters and well-wishers, I would have kept mute and ignored the objection raised by the three senators, Chief (Mrs.) Remi Tinubu, Mr. Olamilekan Solomon, and Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos State on the floor of the Senate arm of the national assembly.
“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 take 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. I was nominated simply as a Nigerian in whom the appointer has a lot of confidence and who is prepared to give his all in service of his fatherland.
“In view of this, 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 in any street contest.
“Recall that a similar objection did not succeed in preventing the confirmation of Olusegun Aganga, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) and even Musiliu Obanikoro as ministers, even when, unlike in my case, their ministerial positions were constitutionally mandated to be filling Lagos State’s quota representation in the federal executive council,” said Banire.