Presidency reacts to Buhari’s approval for CBN governor Emefiele to leave Nigeria before Tinubu’s May 29 inauguration

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The Presidency has said it was unaware of the purported decision of President Muhammadu Buhari granting study leave to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated this on Sunday, May 14, 2023, while reacting to enquiries by Daily Trust.

Shehu said his position which had earlier been reported hasn’t changed.

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The presidential spokesman had earlier said: “If the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has been granted study leave supposedly by President Muhammadu Buhari, this is unknown to us.

“It is also unknown to the President’s secretariat headed by the Chief of Staff.”

On May 12, 2023, a report emerged from Sahara Reporters stated that the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, has been granted study leave by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The report further said that this will give opportunity for Emefiele to flee the country before Buhari leaves office on May 29, 2023, comes amid corruption and terrorism-financing allegations against him.

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It further said the Department of State Services, which made futile attempts to arrest and detain Emefiele in the past over the damning allegations against him, was not happy about the prospect of seeing the CBN governor evade justice.

Emefiele who made attempt to secure the presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was accused of introducing the Naira redesign and cashless policy through the CBN to sabotage the presidential ambition of Tinubu.

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