President Muhammadu Buhari has justified why he did not sack the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, for his alleged involvement in the recent primary election of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
In an interview with Bloomberg, the president said the Governing Board of the CBN has the power to determine if the governor erred or not.
Recall that last May, a group reportedly procured the N100 million presidential expression of interest and nomination form of the APC for Emefiele. Hundreds of branded campaign vehicles were also procured for the CBN boss.
The CBN governor later rejected the presidential forms, noting that should he heed the call to run for the presidency, he would use his “own hard-earned savings from over 35 years of banking leadership to buy my own Nomination Forms.”
Even so, Emefiele sued the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice over his eligibility.
He asked the court to stop INEC from disqualifying him from participating in the primary election of his preferred political party.
But more worrisome was the fact that President Buhari did not call the CBN boss to order or relieve him of his position.
In the interview with Bloomberg, the Nigerian leader said Emefiele faced allegations of “partisanship” because of his “unorthodox” approach to the economy.
His words: “The CBN governor is appointed by the President. But this appointment is subject to confirmation by the Nigerian Senate. Ultimately, it will be for the CBN’s board of directors to determine whether a CBN governor’s actions have fallen foul of the laws in place to ensure he can most effectively carry out his duties.
“But there is a subtext to the accusations. Because the governor follows a model outside of the economic orthodoxy, he is labelled political. But the orthodoxy has proved wrong time and again.
“Instead, the governor is following an alternative economic model that puts people at the heart of policy. Nigeria should be free to choose its development model and how to construct our economy, so it functions for Nigerians.”