Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Matawalle Urges Buhari to cancel Emefiele's Approved Study Abroad Leave Prior to Tinubu's May 29th Inauguration

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has come forward to raise concerns and urge President

Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in an alleged plan by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to flee the country and avoid being held accountable for his actions during his eight-year tenure. Matawalle asserts that Emefiele's intention to leave Nigeria on overseas study leave before the end of his second term is a deliberate attempt to escape scrutiny regarding the mismanagement of the country's financial and monetary systems.


Emefiele was initially appointed as the CBN governor in 2014 by the administration of Goodluck Jonathan. President Buhari later reappointed him for a second five-year term in 2019. However, Emefiele caused controversy in 2022 when he ventured into partisan politics, violating the provisions of the CBN Act.


Furthermore, Emefiele oversaw the redesign of some Naira notes in preparation for the 2023 presidential election. Although he claimed the move aimed to combat counterfeit notes, many political observers believed it was a tactic to hinder Bola Ahmed Tinubu's presidential aspirations.


In response to reports about Emefiele's plan to proceed on study leave before the May 29 swearing-in of Tinubu, Governor Matawalle implores President Buhari to cancel any leave approval granted to the CBN chief. In a personally signed statement, he asserts that the President should prioritize the peaceful transfer of power, accountability, and good governance. Emefiele's tenure as the CBN governor involved implementing detrimental policies such as the disastrous Naira swap program and the Naira confiscation program, which caused significant hardship for Nigerians and set the economy back.


Governor Matawalle, along with two other governors, previously took legal action against the Federal Government to challenge the ill-advised policies introduced by Emefiele. He insists that it is unacceptable for Emefiele to seek study leave with ten months remaining in his tenure, as it appears to be an attempt to evade accountability. Matawalle urges President Buhari not to allow this and insists that Emefiele must stay in his position to provide a comprehensive account of his actions to the incoming administration. He emphasizes the need for Emefiele to address any questions the new regime may have, considering the time left in his term.


Furthermore, Matawalle expresses concerns about other officials within the outgoing government who may be planning to leave the country at this critical time when they are required to answer specific questions. He believes these plans are dangerous and suggest that these officials have something to hide. He urges the cancellation of any approved leave or foreign postings for officers in the outgoing government to ensure a smooth transition and prevent hindrances for the incoming administration.


Governor Matawalle concludes by highlighting the importance of accountability, transparency, and anti-corruption, which President Buhari has championed throughout his tenure. He emphasizes that any attempt to evade accountability is not in the interest of the country or the principles the President has strived to uphold. Matawalle speaks out as a patriotic Nigerian and concerned governor, appealing to President Buhari to intervene and prevent any efforts to avoid rendering accounts of stewardship.

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