Former national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and immediate past chairman of Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), Dr. Muiz Banire in this interview with JOSEPH ONYEKWERE and SUNDAY AIKULOLA spoke about the conflict between the APC national chairman and Edo State governor, the judiciary, banishment of the erstwhile Emir of Kano, quota system and federal character principles, among others.
Some Nigerians have come to recognize your pedigree in saying truth to power and being bold. What do you make of what is happening in Edo State between the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the governor?
It is regrettable although I do not have the facts but the reality of the matter is that it is an unhealthy development. My view is that if you finish your tenure, just like it is done elsewhere, move on and stop interfering. When Theresa May resigned as U.K prime minister and Boris Johnson took over, she didn’t look back. People don’t look back in civilized countries. What are you looking for? In fact, the way I was brought up in the academic environment by my late mentor, Prof. Jelili Omotola was that once you leave a position, you don’t have a cause there again. Leave your successor alone, let him conduct the affairs the best way he deem fit. If he consult you fine, if not, just pretend as if they don’t exist. If that were to be the situation, this conflict would not have happened. When Adams Oshiomhole was the governor of Edo State and John Oyegun was the National Chairman, he (Oyegun) was reluctant to go to Edo because he did not want to have any linkage with the act of governance in that state. That was why through out Oshiomhole’s tenure, you never had any conflict between the two of them and that is how it ought to be. Place yourself in a position of respect and regard so that whoever is the governor will be the one begging you to come. That is how to earn respect. A situation where they are now telling you that if you want to come to Edo, you have to let them know, that is the kind of absurdity that you go through if you fail to regard yourself.