Emefiele Resigns, Cardoso Assumes Office As Acting CBN Governor

Emefiele Resigns, Cardoso Assumes Office As Acting CBN Governor

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Dr. Olayemi Michael Cardoso has taken the helm as acting Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), marking the beginning of a new era for the country’s financial sector.

This follows the resignation of suspended CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, who had been embroiled in controversy for months now.

The official confirmation of Emefiele’s resignation came directly from the CBN’s spokesperson, Isa AbdulMumin, who stated that Cardoso has formally assumed office on Friday.

“Dr. Olayemi Michael Cardoso, recently nominated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has on Friday, September 22, 2023, formally assumed duty, in an acting capacity, as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), pending his confirmation by the Senate. This follows the resignation of Mr. Godwin Emefiele as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),” the CBN Spokesperson stated.

Emefiele’s departure from the CBN had been a long-anticipated event, especially after his suspension by President Tinubu and subsequent arrest and detainment by the Department of State Services (DSS) on June 10.

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His legal troubles were further compounded by his alleged involvement in a N6.9 billion procurement fraud case, which had initially been scheduled for arraignment on August 17.

Notably, Emefiele’s exit has not been isolated. All the deputy governors who served under him, including Folashodun Shonubi, Aishah Ahmad, Edward Lametek Adamu, and Dr. Kingsley Obiora, have also submitted their resignations, leaving the CBN in a state of flux.

However, the apex bank has wasted no time in filling the void. The four individuals nominated to serve as deputy governors alongside Cardoso have assumed their duties in an acting capacity. This reshuffling of leadership within the CBN signifies a significant shift in the financial landscape of Nigeria.

During a brief ceremony at the CBN’s Head Office in Abuja, Dr. Cardoso and his fellow appointees took their oaths of office. They now shoulder the responsibility of administering monetary and financial sector policies on behalf of the federal government.

Dr. Cardoso brings substantial experience to his new role, having previously served as an Economic and Development Policy Advisor, Financial Sector Leader, former Chairman of Citi Nigeria, and Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget in Lagos.

His educational background, including degrees from Aston University in the United Kingdom and the Harvard Kennedy School in the United States, underscores his qualifications for this critical position.

These appointments were made on September 15, 2023, subject to confirmation by the Senate, signaling a significant change in the direction of Nigeria’s financial policy and leadership. As the nation watches with bated breath, Cardoso and his team are poised to shape the country’s economic future.


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