Banire speaks on AMCON departure, implores public servants to be upright

Banire speaks on AMCON departure, implores public servants to be upright

The former Chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Dr Muiz Banire, revealed on Thursday, December 12; that he had taken his exit from the Corporation in good faith.

Banire further revealed that the AMCON job was one of public service, and not for personal enrichment.

1st News had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari appointed a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); Edward Lamatek Adamu, as Chairman of AMCON.

He replaced Banire who had been at the helm of the Corporation since October 2018.

In a statement issued via his Facebook page, he explained that he was in London when he received notification of his removal.

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He said: “The negatively interesting aspect of it is the lamentations that trailed the announcement by some friends and associates who; in my view, had a disconnect between the purpose of service and the relief; that naturally accompanies the disengagement of an appointee with an alternative contact address.

“Barely 24 hours before the presidential nomination of a new chairman for AMCON over which I presided, Tunde Fowler; was replaced in his Chairmanship of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) office by another appointee of Mr President.

“My position on the Fowler issue was simply an appreciation of his service and contributions to the nation. In my view, he cannot and must not have any regrets once he is convinced of having discharged his duty meritoriously.

“The grumbling from the supposed well-wishers underscores the problematic aspect of Nigerians; as a people who see appointments into political offices as an open sesame to riches and an opportunity for self-enrichment.

“Representatives from his village, religious congregation, in-laws; and several newly self-discovered relatives would bombard his doorstep in celebration of his new status and achievement.

“No one thinks of challenges the appointee is likely to meet in the office or whether he would succeed in his responsibilities.”

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