Bakare described Sanusi’s suspension as ego-driven and destructive power game.
He said in a prepared text, which he delivered during the Sunday service, that the suspended CBN governor was being persecuted for exposing corruption in the oil industry.
He warned that the action of President Goodluck Jonathan in suspending Sanusi on February 22 could have negative consequences on the investing public and even government revenue.
Bakare said, “The suspension of Sanusi is an ego-driven, counter-productive and destructive power game that will have very dangerous consequences for the nation and the government.
The cleric, whose text was with the theme, ‘Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the Federal Government of Nigeria: Aitete m’ole, ole m’oloko’, said Sanusi became a victim because he delayed blowing the whistle about the corruption in the oil industry.
Bakare described the Yoruba saying, Aitete m’ole, ole m’oloko, as meaning that “when the owner of the farm fails to apprehend the thief in time, the thief will apprehend the owner and label him the thief.”
He recalled how Sanusi’s travails started since September 25, 2013, when the suspended apex bank governor wrote President Goodluck Jonathan accusing the Nigerian National petroleum Corporation of failure to repatriate $49.8bn (about N8trn) into the Federation Account between January 2012 and July 2013.
“In order words, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, undeniably a crusader of truth and justice, may have blown the whistle indicting the very heads of the crime economy just too late,” Bakare said.
He said, “the opportune time to blow the whistle should have been when the CBN, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the PPPRA, the NNPC and other agencies provided conflicting figures as to actual subsidy payments to the Adhoc Committee on the management of fuel subsidy”.
“When Save Nigeria Group raised the bar during the fuel subsidy protests and maintained that government-backed corruption fueled by NNPC was the main issue, perhaps a corroborating voice by the CBN governor would have added weight to the outcry,” Bakare said.
The cleric however commended Sanusi for speaking up against corruption and urged him to take solace in the words of William Curren Bryant, who he quoted as saying, “Truth crushed to earth, shall rise again”.
He said, “Make no mistake about it, few men have the courage of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.