How President Buhari Silenced Many Critics - UK-based Group

Arise-Nigeria, a United Kingdom-based group, says President Muhammadu Buhari silenced many critics by reappointing Godwin Emefiele as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Buhari had last week written to the Senate requesting that Emefiele be confirmed as CBN Governor for a second term of five years.

To this end, the Senate on Thursday confirmed Emefiele as Governor of the apex bank following a screening by the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions.

Emefiele was appointed as Governor of CBN on 2 June, 2014, by the then president, Goodluck Jonathan.

And the Arise-Nigeria group said the reappointment is an achievement and a statement about Emefiele’s proficiency on the job and the confirmation that Buhari values proficiency.

“The decision to retain Emefiele as CBN Governor has portrayed President Buhari as an impartial and neutral leader, who is only interested and indeed, recognizes merit and hard work in his appointments rather than sentiments,” the group said in a statement.

“His action has shamed and silenced his critics who mendaciously propagate and ascribe his leadership persona as influenced by sectional, tribalistic and religious biases.

“The re-appointment of Mr. Godwin Emefiele as the CBN Governor shows how much Mr. President intends to see the fast growth of Nigeria’s economy in the post-recession era and the sustenance of its stability.”