Days after his sack as chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Muiz Banire says he is relieved.
Banire slams those with different insinuations about his replacement as the AMCON boss. The lawyer, while describing how he received the message, says he is not troubled because he had never been a jobless man Muiz Banire, the immediate past chairman of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), has reacted to his replacement by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Banire, who made his reaction known in a lengthy article published by Daily Sun, said he was in London for a crash education programme when he learnt about his replacement as head of AMCON.
According to him, while some of his friends and associates were lamenting, many may not have known the relief he felt about the disengagement since he was “an appointee with an alternative contact address.”
Banire, a lawyer, said he had never been a jobless man. He also boasted of serving AMCON and Nigeria with pride.
He said what was troubling to him was the nature of reactions that greeted his disengagement just 24 hours after Tunde Fowler was replaced as chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) office. He lamented that while appointments in developed nations are opportunities to serve, the same cannot be said about Nigeria where such are seen as roads to riches.
“It is only in Nigeria that friends and ‘well-wishers’ roll out the drums, make uniforms (aso ebi) and rent newspaper pages congratulating a new appointee or a newly elected public servant on his ‘rare achievement,” he said.
He said the primary purpose for this is that such people want to make the appointee remember them when he begins to get the riches of office.
“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,” he said lamenting that they would not try to consider the challenges the appointee is to meet.
He said this is why when such a person is relieved of his job, insinuations begin about motives of the action. Some would also bring issues of ethnicity into the debate, he said.