APC Chieftain says Banire’s removal is not an attack on Yorubas

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

A political stalwart of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ambassador Abayomi Mumuni says the recent removal of Dr Muiz Banire as Chairman of Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) was not a deliberate attempt to malign the Yorubas in the Buhari’s administration as is being insinuated in some quarters.
Mumuni rather attributed his replacement to the  amendment of the AMCON Act by the 8th National Assembly, adding that people should stop playing identity politics with policy and legal issues.
He mentioned that sice the announcement was made, there has been insinuations that the development is an attack against the Yorubas, reading ethnic colourations to it.
He however faulted such insinuations, saying that Edward Adamu’s appointment was in order given the recent amendment to the AMCON Act, warning people against playing politics of mischief through the social media.
“It is important for Nigerians to know that Banire’s replacement   as AMCON Chairman was not a deliberate attack on Yoruba, especially we, ‘the Sons of the Soil of Lagos’. It was 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 majority of the news come with the intent to cause political anarchy.
“The recently amended act was passed 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,” he said.
The former Lagos gubernatorial candidate of the defunct CPC noted that Dr Muiz Banire is a man of sound reputation and a good representative of Lagos State to which he is a bonafide indigene, who has always been in the good books of President Muhammad Buhari, and can always serve Nigeria in other capacities.
He also stressed that said that the review of 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 ethnicising 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.