Naira Redesign: “Why I didn’t sack ex-CBN Gov. Emefiele” — Buhari

… Says he kept records in preparation for probe

Former President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why he did not sack the erstwhile governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, despite speculations surrounding his (Emefiele) presidential ambition during the 2023 elections.

Buhari disclosed that he did not remove Emefiele because of the absence of firm evidence that he was indeed pursuing a presidential ambition.

Buhari revealed this in a memoir titled: ‘Working with Buhari: Reflections of a Special Adviser, Media and Publicity (2015 – 2023)’, written by his former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, and presented in Abuja on Tuesday.

In the memoir, Buhari was quoted to have said, “When he (Emefiele) was linked with the campaign for the 2023 presidency, I did not ask him, because he told nobody he was getting involved. Otherwise, I would have removed him and told the nation why”.

The former president stated that “unless there was firm evidence against him,” it would be “unfair”, and “an act of injustice to remove him, acting on hearsay”. He added, “If you punish a man unjustly, it could dog his footsteps throughout life, so if you would punish, you must have evidence and you should know that you wouldn’t be there forever; you would leave one day.

“I’m very conscious about the morale of people who serve with me. I also expect whoever succeeds me to be fair to me. I have family, friends, who will feel it. I’m very conscious of fairness”.

Buhari also disclosed that his administration kept records of its stewardship. According to him, he knew he would always be required to account for the trust entrusted in him.

“We kept records of our stewardship, knowing that we would always be required to account for the trust entrusted to us. This event today is part of accounting for our two terms in office, and I thank those who have laboured day and night to ensure this history is recorded for now and the future”, he stated.

During the unveiling ceremony of the book, President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday, said his predecessor, Buhari, hasn’t interfered in his administration since he left government in 2023.

Recall that on May 7, 2022, Emefiele said that he was looking to God for direction on whether to contest or not for the All Progressives Congress presidential ticket in the primary scheduled for the end of the month. He also stated that going into the contest would mean drawing down on his “hard-earned savings” of the past 35 years of service.

Emefiele’s reaction came barely 24 hours after a group of farmers and business people obtained the N100m nomination and expression of interest forms on his behalf at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, the venue of the sale of forms. The group urged the CBN boss to run for President.

Buhari, who was visiting the nation’s capital for the first time since leaving office on May 29, 2023, said under his watch, nothing was done under the veil of secrecy. While noting the efforts of authors of the books to document his administration’s achievements, Buhari stated: “Without documentation, revisionism wins”.

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