Why my family went into exile in 2004 – Soludo

Chukwuma Soludo

A former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Prof. Charles Soludo says he got 19 written threats to his life following the introduction of the consolidation policy in 2004.

The Anambra governorship aspirant said the threats forced his family to go into exile.

“I am a very impatient person to see change happen and I am passionate in anything I focus on. At that time, no bank in Nigeria was in the top 1,000 banks in the world. If you needed to make an investment of $500m, you had to go through the then 39 banks and it was an impossible task,” Soludo said while speaking with journalists in Awka, Anambra State capital.

“If you wanted to borrow abroad, there was no bank here to guarantee that. So, I came to the realisation that if we wanted to build a private sector-driven economy, it was not possible with the rickety ‘mama and papa’ banks, which could not guarantee even N3m loan. We, therefore, needed to pull down the house and rebuild it.

“There was nothing I did not see. I received 19 written threats to my life. Even there were attempts to kidnap my children at Offa in Kwara State. So, it was a very brutal revolution. I had to evacuate my family during the banking consolidation because when you want to uproot a system, it is usually a deadly routine.”

The University of Nigeria alumnus said his quest to govern the state was not for personal enrichment.