CBN, FAAN departments relocation : Okupe Urges Ndume on Matured Approach

A former presidential adviser, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has advised Senator Ali Ndume to approach the relocation of some of the federal government parastatals to Lagos state with equanimity, considering the delicate nature of Nigeria’s democracy.

Recall that there have been some uproar over the reported relocation of some departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to Lagos.

Okupe, who is a former Director General of the Peter Obi 2023 Campaign Organisation, in a thought-provoking open letter, expressed surprise at the senator’s recent pronouncements, deeming them provocative and unexpected from a seasoned politician.

The letter highlighted Ndume’s threat of political consequences against President Tinubu due to the federal government’s decision, terming it as unwarranted and demeaning of the senator’s status.

The former campaign director pointed out the historical nuances in Nigeria’s political landscape, emphasising the need for circumspection and forbearance in managing national stability and unity.

He cited examples such as the strategic placement of military installations and key institutions, highlighting the nation’s historical administrative and political intricacies.

Okupe also reminded Ndume of past instances where political decisions were guided by consensus, such as Obasanjo’s presidency as a concession to the southwest and Buhari’s victory in 2015, which was characterized by unusual patriotism and the voluntary surrender of power.

Okupe, however, extended well wishes to Ndume, acknowledging his wisdom and leadership role in the nation.

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