Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to cancel the reported study leave of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele.
Reports emerged that President Buhari had approved study leave for Emefiele, which was denied by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
In a statement on Monday, Matawalle expressed concerns about Emefiele’s attempt to proceed on study leave with approximately 10 months left in his tenure, raising questions of accountability and the smooth transition of power to the incoming administration.
“President Buhari should not approve any study leave or whatever kind of leave for any officer critical to the take-off of the incoming administration of Asíwájú Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” Matawalle stated in his plea.
“If the leave has been approved, as reported in the media, the President should cancel it in the interest of peaceful transfer of power, accountability, and good governance.”
Matawalle emphasized the need for Emefiele to remain in his position to provide a full account of his tenure.
“He must stay at his job to give full accounts of all that transpired under his watch to the incoming administration. He must answer all the questions the new regime may have for him, particularly when he still has some months left of his tenure,” the governor stressed.
Matawalle also praised President Buhari and First Lady, Aisha Buhari for their support in ensuring a smooth transition of power.
“President Buhari and his wife Aisha Buhari have shown good faith and shown they want a seamless orderly and peaceful transfer of power to the incoming administration.
“They are eager to ensure that the new regime takes off smoothly and speedily and in a manner devoid of any encumbrance in the interest of our country,” he said.