President Jonathan Suspends CBN Governor Lamido Sanusi, Appoints Acting Governor

President Jonathan Suspends CBN Governor Lamido Sanusi, Appoints Acting Governor

By Doyin Ajayi | Sub-Editor on February 20, 2014

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has suspended the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi today Thursday February 20th 2014.

Dr. Sarah Alade has been appointed the acting governor.

This was made known in a press statement by the special adviser to the President on media and publicity, Reuben Abati.

The statement reads:

“Having taken special notice of reports of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria and other investigating bodies, which indicate clearly that Mallam Sanusi Lamido  Sanusi’s tenure has been characterized by various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct which are inconsistent with the administration’s vision of a Central Bank propelled by the core values of focused economic management, prudence, transparency and financial discipline;

Being also deeply concerned about far-reaching irregularities  under Mallam Sanusi’s watch which have distracted the Central Bank away from the pursuit and achievement of its statutory mandate; and  

Being determined to urgently re-position the Central Bank of Nigeria for greater efficiency, respect for due process and accountability, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has ordered the immediate suspension of Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from the Office of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.  

President Jonathan has further ordered that Mallam Sanusi should hand over to the most senior Deputy Governor of the CBN, Dr Sarah Alade who will serve as Acting Governor until the conclusion of on-going investigations into breaches of enabling laws, due process and mandate of  the CBN.

The President expects that as Acting Governor of the Central Bank, Dr. Alade will focus on the core mandate of the Bank and conduct its affairs with greater professionalism, prudence and propriety to restore domestic and international confidence in the country’s apex bank.

The Federal Government of Nigeria reassures all stakeholders in Nigeria’s financial and monetary system that this decision has been taken in absolute good faith, in the overall interest of the Nigerian economy and in accordance with our laws and due process.  


  1. The petroleum minister and the GMD of NNPC should also be shown the exit door. That’s the only way to fix this mess.

  2. This only shows dat d prez is deeply involved in d $20b missing oil fund reported by CBN Gov. Nigerians should wake up frm their slumber b4 dis country is drained by Shoeless and visionless Prez

  3. He deserves it ,he has deviated and politicise it’s office .Remember he is a public servant and responsible to a boss

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