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Senate Moves To Ban CBN Governor, Deputies From Politics

This is coming 17 months after the presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest forms…



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Yemi Cardoso and Senate

The Senate on Wednesday considered two bills seeking to ban the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Deputy Governors of the apex bank from participating in politics.

VerseNews reports that the two bills passed a second reading during plenary at the upper chamber.

The Senate passed them after the consideration of two similar bills sponsored by Sunday Karimi, the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District and Darlington Nwokocha, lawmaker representing Abia Central Senatorial District.


During the debates on the bills, the lawmakers proposed that Section 9 be further amended to insulate the CBN governor and deputies from participating in politics while in service.

Both senators equally proposed that the Auditor-General of the Federation, Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and Chartered Institute of Bankers in Nigeria (CIBN) be represented on the board of the CBN.

VerseNews understands that this is coming 17 months after the presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest forms of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was purchased for by the former apex bank governor, Godwin Emefiele.


The situation ignited negative reactions from the public, with many Nigerians and groups calling for Emefiele’s resignation or sack by the then President, Muhammadu Buhari.

Despite the outcry, Emefiele maintained his position as the CBN governor until Buhari completed his tenure as President and handed over to his successor, President Bola Tinubu.

Coming on board, Tinubu embarked on reforms in the financial sector by suspending Emefiele from office as well as prosecuting him in court.


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