Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi
Former External Affairs Minister, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, has lauded Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, for his courage on public policy advocacy.
In a statement made available to THISDAY, Akinyemi noted that the CBN governor has demonstrated the courage to speak out on salient issues affecting the state of the nation.
The former minister said those who had followed Sanusi’s trajectory in life, especially those responsible for his appointment to the Central Bank and those in the Senate who confirmed his appointment should not be surprised at his controversial views, because he is more of a politico-social commentator and analyst than a banker.
‘’If I were to list your public policy interjections of recent, they range from your views on the causes behind the Boko Haram, the size of the bureaucracy, the pernicious 1999 Constitution, the need or non-need for more states, the redundancy of Local Governments, to mention a few.
‘’I don’t necessarily agree with the views you expressed. I believe that the point being made by your critics is that your role as a public policy advocate is incompatible with your role and status as Governor of the Central Bank.
‘’I beg to disagree. First of all, there is no evidence that your public policy advocacy has impacted negatively on the economy. Given the fact that this is not my field, I have taken the trouble to consult economists and I have discovered that in fact their area of divergence with you has to do with your management of the foreign exchange rate vis a vis conversion of the dollar to naira disbursement than your public policy profile,’’ Akinyemi said.