Why I’m avoiding politics – Mutallab, ex-First Bank chairman


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A former Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria (FBN), Alhaji Umaru Abdul Mutallab, has explained his reason for shunning partisan politics despite pressures to get involved.

Mutallab, who the New York Times described as “among Nigeria’s richest and most prominent men”, said he is not involved in the murky waters of politics to avoid being torn to “pieces”.

However, he did not rule out donating to political causes and candidates.

Mutallab, who founded Jaiz Bank, Nigeria’s first non-interest bank, told Daily Trust: “I don’t do politics. My father was a politician, I know how he did it, but I decided to forget politics altogether.”

Asked why, the former two-time minister said, “I am sure it would be a better game in the future, but right now it is really a game that the players can be very dirty. If you want to be, they will tear you to pieces. But I am sure in the future it would be a better arrangement.”

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