National Assembly moves to bar CBN governors from politics

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The National Assembly is looking to make amendments to the Central Bank of Nigeria Act 2007, which will bar top officials in the apex bank from partisan politics.

The amendment seeks to prohibit the chairman, governor, and deputy governors of the CBN from engaging in political activities or becoming members of any political party for three years after service.

It was championed by the ex-lawmaker representing Abia Central Senatorial District, Darlington Nwokocha, before he was sacked from office by an Appeal Court sitting in Lagos in 2023.

A former governor of the apex bank, Godwin Emefiele, it will be recalled, was drafted into the political arena in the run-up to the 2023 presidential election, as a group obtained the intention and nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress for him.

The development generated tension in the polity, following the introduction of the infamous naira redesign at the twilight of the former President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

In a bid to forestall such development, the Senate sought to ban officials of the apex bank from further incursion into the political arena.

A part (amended section 8) of Central Bank of Nigeria Act 2007 (Amendment) Bill 2023 read: “The Governor and Deputy-Governors shall be persons of recognised financial experience and shall be appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by the Senate on such terms and conditions as may be set out in their respective letters of appointment.

“The Chairman shall also be appointed by the President. The Chairman, Governor and Deputy Governors shall not engage in or be a member of any political party until three (3) years after disengaging from office.”

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