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Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has described as laughable, the apology demanded by Charles Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).


Falana’s petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the “criminal diversion of public funds and illegal withholding of funds from the federation account” prompted Soludo to describe him as ignorant while also demanding an apology.

Reacting to Soludo’s request, the senior advocate of Nigeria, released a statement saying: “In his rather hasty reaction to my petition to the economic and financial crimes commission on the criminal diversion of public funds from the Federation Account and the mismanagement of the nation’s foreign reserves, a former CBN Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo accused me of peddling falsehood by saying that he removed  $7 billion from the nation’s foreign reserves and doled it out to 14 commercial banks in 2006.

“While insisting that the issue of $7 billion was a figment of my imagination he asked for a retraction of the allegation and apology from me. Although Professor Soludo’s rejoinder was full of vitriolic attack and unwarranted  innuendos I decided not to react to them since he claims to have respect for me.

“However, in rejecting his baseless demand for apology and retraction I had pointed out that it was the CBN management that issued a statement on October 3, 2006 to the effect  that its share of  $7 billion had been released  to the 14 banks. While confirming that the CBN management actually issued the statement, Professor Soludo has turned round to say that it was a deposit and not a loan.

“So the $7 billion transaction is no longer a lie emanating from me. But in a display of empty arrogance the former CBN governor proceeded to accuse me of exhibiting ignorance by referring to the deposit placed in the 14  banks as a loan. In his tirade Professor Soludo never disclosed  the terms of the “deposit” of the sum of $7 billion and when the principal sum and the accrued interests were paid back to the nation’s foreign reserves.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I  wish to reiterate that it was the management of  the CBN which claimed to have given out  its own “share”of $7 billion from the foreign reserves estimated at $38 billion at the material time. Is Professor Soludo insisting that CBN under his management was entitled to  any “share” of the nation’s foreign reserves?

“In any case, whether it was a deposit or its own “share” of the foreign reserves did the CBN ever announce that the deposit had been paid back to the foreign reserves which belong to the three tiers of Government of Nigeria? If there is  nothing to hide why did the CBN ignore the request of the for information on the “deposit” of $7 billion?

“In my petition to the EFCC I had equally alleged that the CBN also gave a bailout of N600 billion to the banks in 2008, made available  intervention funds of trillions of Naira  to the captains of industry and paid N2.5 trillion for fuel subsidy in 2011 when the  national assembly had appropriated the sum of  N245 billion.

“As far as Professor Soludo is concerned, these allegations are “laughable and betray a lack of knowledge of how a bank such as CBN works.” Since the allegations of gross mismanagement of public funds are “laughable” are we to believe that  these were “deposits” as well? Or the “share” of the CBN mismanagement under his predecessor?

“Has AMCON not been set up to recover those  loans and deposits running to several trillions of Naira? For goodness sake, how does a CBN work outside the ambit of the Constitution and the Central Bank Act, 2007?

“Frankly speaking, I  am of the strong view that the demand for an apology by Professor Soludo is a joke since it was the CBN management under him that claimed to have given its own “share” of $7 to the 14 banks. Certainly, mine is not like the case of a banker who once alleged that the sum of N30 trillion was missing from the Federation Account without any scintilla of evidence to back it up.”

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  1. The so called human Right activist and lawyer that is at the same time advocating for the abuse of human right in the so called war against corruption Soludo just told you the honest truth.
    Are you an expert in macro & micro economic policy? Noise maker!

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  2. Isiaka or what pseudonym you go by, you are nothing but an imposter disguising under another tribe name. Your stand and comments so far on this forum have actually exposed your true nature and betrayed the acronym name with which you have been disguising. It is only a coward that will use another person's name in place of one's name. It is rather better if you remain an anonymous instead of resorting to trickery and as an imposter. Isiaka my foot... Better reveal your true identity.. Chukwuemeka. Anu ofia.

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    1. Olosi ni ye! Wailing wailer! Olori buruku! Were!!! Conti UE to delude yourself. Ignorance is your problem and you have just exbhited your level of ignorance here. I don't join issues with people like you because you pollute other people's knowledge. You are ignorant and you don't even have the humility to learn therefore you will remain ignorant and a fool for live. Idiotic ethnic bigot!

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  3. Mr. Isiaka,
    We are not under any compulsion to comment at all times. Read the news report above loud to yourself. Expertise has nothing to do with this. It was glaringly in the public domain (news) that CBN loaned out money to banks. For whatever reasons, CBN attempted to justify how money was managed. Call it transparency if you like, but the same CBN has failed to live up to transparency when they did not update us on subsequent activities. Does that need financial acumen? I must add that Falana should include the mosquito net-headgear-wearing Emir of Kano to account for the monies he doled out to Kano state people while in office freely. All was in the news. #Bringbackourlootedmonies.

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  4. Both of you used your bad mouth to attack Jonathan, he said he leave you for posterity. What is happening now?

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