Why Sanusi Persecuted Me – Cecilia Ibru

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Former Managing Director of defunct Oceanic Bank, Mrs Cecilia Ibru has revealed how former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi persecuted her because he thought she wanted his position.

Ibru made the revelation in an interview published by Saturday Punch.

The Herald recalls that Justice Daniel Abutu of the Federal High Court in Lagos on October 9, 2010 sentenced Ibru to 18 months imprisonment for fraud and ordered her to forfeit N191billion worth of assets to the Federal Government.

But Ibru, who is now proprietor of the Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, traced her ordeal to persecution and jealousy from some colleagues in the industry.

She said that then CBN Governor and now Emir of Kano, Sanusi, was against her because he thought she wanted his job.

Ibru said, “He (Sanusi) thought I wanted his job but I didn’t. I was offered the position, but I said no.”

She further revealed that she declined the offer because of her husband’s ill-health.

Ibru said, “My husband was sick and I needed to be with him. That was the reason, and I didn’t think much about it anymore. Remember I said I was planning to retire in March of the following year to go and stay with my husband. When he (Sanusi) was appointed, I congratulated him. He even told me at that time they had not given him a letter and I told him not to worry that it would come. So, these are some of the things you live through that make you stronger. Sometimes you feel hit but you have to let go.”

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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