AMCON: ‘No Empire Lasts Forever,’ Banire Tells Senators Opposing His Nomination
A former national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Muiz Banire, who was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as the chairman, Governing Board, of the Assets Management Company of Nigeria, (AMCON) has reacted to the opposition of his nomination by some senators.
Recall that three senators representing Lagos State, Banire’s home state, allegedly loyal to Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the party, vehemently opposed the nomination.
The senators, Olamilekan Solomon (Lagos West), Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central), and Gbenga Ashafa (Lagos East) conveyed their opposition in a petition during the Senate plenary.
However, Banire in a statement Wednesday said no empire or dynasty lasts forever.
He added that because of the respect he has for the offices of the Senators, he will not join issues with them.
He said, “In the first place, let me recognise the constitutional right of the three Senators to express their views without let or hindrance.
“It is part of the democratic tenets we all cherish and strive to protect at all times. Equally, because of the respect I have for the offices of the Senators, I will not join issues with them, particularly when it has become traditional and conventional for them to be objectors on occasions such as this.
“All I can say is that I wish them well and remind them that no dynasty or empire lasts forever. Whatever has a beginning will have an end.
“However, it is necessary to point out to interested/concerned members of the Nigerian citizenry that my nomination in the first place is not a quota appointment (as the three politicians and distinguished Senators may have wrongly perceived) requiring their special approval to deal with.
“I was nominated simply as a Nigerian in whom the appointer has a lot of confidence and who is prepared to give his all in service of his fatherland.”