Bello Matawalle, the outgoing governor of Zamfara State, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to approve a request for ‘study leave’ made by Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, just days before the inauguration of a new administration.
“CBN Governor Emefiele superintended over the management of the country’s financial and monetary systems. He is the one who initiated and implemented the recent disastrous Naira swap policy, the Naira confiscation program, which put Nigerians through untold woes and trauma and set our economy backwards.
“This same Emefiele now wants to proceed on study leave when he has some 10 months left of his tenure apparently in a bid to evade rendering accounts. This is unacceptable. President Buhari should not countenance this,” the Zamfara governor wrote.
Neither Mr Emefiele nor the CBN has announced that the former has sought such study leave despite reports in the media.
Despite media reports, neither Emefiele nor the Central Bank of Nigeria has officially announced the study leave request. On Sunday, presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu stated his unawareness of any such request for study leave.
Matawalle emphasized that Emefiele should continue his role and provide a comprehensive account of his actions during his tenure to the incoming administration. The governor believes that Emefiele should answer all inquiries and address any concerns the new regime may have, especially given the remaining months of his tenure.
“Emefiele must stay at his job to give full accounts of all that transpired under his watch to the incoming administration. He must answer all the questions the new regime may have for him particularly when he still has some months left of his tenure,” the Zamfara governor wrote in his Monday statement.