President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in an high powered meeting with the Governor of Central bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele on Monday at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, amidst nationwide outrage over a tape record conversation involving the Governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele and his top officials discussing how they can cover up a whooping sum of N50bn in the balance sheet of the apex bank.
The number one man in the country’s apex bank was recently reappointed as governor of CBN shook hands with President Buhari who congratulated him.
The main purpose of the meeting is unknown as at press time but according to anonymous source inn the presidential villa it is not unconnected with the leaked audio exposing an alleged missing N500 billion under Emefiele’s watch.
But Mr Isaac Okoroafor, the Director, Corporate Communications, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) disclosed that no money was missing or stolen from the purse of the apex bank as reported in almost all section of the media.
The CBN image maker stated this in a press statement released on Sunday in reaction to viral news and opinions over the leaked video tape where the CBN Governor and some high ranking officials in the bank were heard discussing how to conceal almost N500 billion missing from the bank.
The CBN spokesman stated that the audio was placed in a way to create bad impression on the issue being deliberated upon which is to seek solution to an alteration that affected the balance sheet of the apex bank.
The statement partly reads below.
As publicly known the CBN was approached in 2015 by the National Economic Management Team and the National Economic Council (NEC), chaired by the Vice President, to assist State Governments with Conditional Budget Support, in the aftermath of the significant nose-dive in global oil prices and associated FAAC allocations.
“In order to ensure that ordinary Nigerians workers got their salaries, pensions and gratuities and that the economy continued to recover from
the recession, the Bank provided about N650 billion in loans at 9% with a two-year grace period to 35 States of the Federation. These monies were distributed to the States monthly with documented approval of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Presidency.
In a related news a former Deputy Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress,APC, Timi Frank has implored the Nigeria upper leglislative chamber, the Senate to reject the nomination of the CBN governor for a second term in office. In a statement which partly below.
“I am happy with the dispatch with which the CBN responded to the leaked audio conversation. However, I did not expect anything less than the denial. It is trite that ‘one cannot be a judge in his own case’. Therefore, Let the relevant agencies of government, as well as the National Assembly, investigate these allegations with great depth.
“If the CBN is saying the beginning part of the conversation was omitted, can they provide Nigerians with the full and authentic audio conversation in the interest of transparency and good governance.
“I implore the CBN governor to defend these allegations by himself as he remains a public servant and therefore answerable to the Nigerian people. Anything short of this will amount to covering up.
“I hereby call on the Senate to stand for Nigeria as they have always done. The Senate must not play with the mandate of Nigerians by attempting to confirm Emefiele in the face of this damning allegations. Any attempt to do that will amount to the Senate being complicit on the matter.
What do you think about this story ? Share your views below