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Monday, 21 September 2015

Chukwuma Soludo Sighted In Aso Rock

 Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Chukwuma Charles Soludo, was on Monday evening sighted at the Aso Rock Villa.

He was seen signing the visitors register at the entrance and headed straight to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, ‎Alhaji Abba Kyari.

The former CBN boss who was in a cream-colored kaftan entered the Chief of Staff’s office at about 5:30pm.

Though his mission to the seat of power could not be ascertained, the visit came at a time the President is believed to be putting finishing touches to the list of ministerial nominees for onward transmission to the National Assembly.

Soludo, who served as CBN governor under the administrations of Olusegun Obasanjo and Umar Yar’Adua, had on June 7 declared in an interview with an online news platform (Premium Times) that he was not ready to work for Buhari’s government.

The professor of economics had been quite critical of the financial management of the economy by the Jonathan administration, which he had accused of supervising the leakage of about 30 trillion from the system.

He had said in the interview: “Nigerians and their rumours! I am glad you said they are rumours and such rumours are normal. For sure, I wish the new government success and for the sake of Nigeria, everyone must contribute to assist President Buhari succeed. I will contribute in whatever way I can.

“However, everyone can’t sit in government in order to serve: some will be there on full time basis while others can contribute from outside.

“For me personally and at this point in time, I am not disposed or available for full time public service now; perhaps in the future it could happen, but not now. For now, my hands are full with several other experiments I am involved with (especially abroad) in the private sector, charity, think-tanks, and the international
community. I am part of a major initiative in Africa’s mining and solid minerals sector, and this takes me through several African countries, etc. I am having great fun exploring totally new vistas of opportunity that are central to Africa’s great leap in the 21st century.

“I read that President Buhari will give priority to solid minerals. We can provide free advisory services and perhaps assist to mobilize investment in the sector or in any other areas if our advice is needed.

“In effect, there are several ways we can assist the government to succeed but not necessarily to take up full time appointment. No, not now.”

Soludo was reacting to allegations that he had criticized Jonathan’s administration towards at its twilight in the hope of getting an appointment from Buhari.

Also sighted in the State House on Monday was the immediate past governor of Ekiti state, Dr John Kayode Fayemi.

He was seen entering the office of the Chief of Staff barely 30 minutes after Soludo had entered.

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