Workers of the nation’s apex financial institution, the Central Bank of Nigeria has written an open petition to President Muhammadu Buhari asking him to sack the incumbent governor of the bank, Godwin Emefiele, abusidiqu.com reports.
In the petition titled “Enough is Enough President Buhari, Emefiele Must Go”, a copy of which was seen by Abusidiqu, the workers under the name ‘Concerned Staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria’ listed many reasons why they are calling for his sack.
Among the reasons listed by the staff are the recruitment into the bank without due process, promotion laced with nepotism and favoritism, massive fraud and contract scam and massive forex scam and malpractices among others.
In the past few weeks, Abusidiqu has reported exclusively on the employment and recruitment scam allegedly carried out by the CBN under the management of Emefiele, where the sons, daughters, relatives and friends of top government officials and influential Nigerians were recruited without due process and or promoted to the detriment of other workers meriting of promotion.
The workers have thus asked President Buhari to sack the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, failure of which they will either be forced to shut down the entire system and compromise in their job including helping themselves with resources available in the bank vault same way their bosses do.
“We wish to state the few points to highlight some areas of concern that borders on staff welfare and other related issues that could lead to the shutdown of the financial sector if the staff embark on nationwide strike and issues of regulatory concern in the banking sector that the governor has swept under his dirty carpet,” the staff said in the petition.”
The ‘concerned staff’ said they are raising the alarm to save the apex bank from drowning completely and prevent a collapse of the entire financial sector, just as they said it is clear that Emefiele is trying to cover the dirt of the previous administration in its dealing with Zenith Bank before his appointment as the CBN governor by the Jonathan government.
“We demand that if he cannot be sacked, he be compelled to review the fraudulent promotion exercise in which only those with connections to the villa and government were promoted while only a handful were promoted on merit.”
“Since the government and Emefiele don’t care about the happenings in the bank and financial sector, we also have resolved not to care any better than they do, safe for our collective welfare.”
“We wish to categorically state that if the promotion exercise is not reviewed to provide for smooth transition of staff and a halt to the fraudulent recruitment that has saturated the system, which is now affecting staff from growing, the entire system would be shut down, and we can no longer guarantee, that we would not compromise in our jobs through any means including helping ourselves, as our bosses do with resources available in the vault so as to meet up with the shortfall from this wickedness that has caused us in monetary terms and otherwise.”
But what are these issues that the staff are alleging the CBN governor has been sweeping under his carpet that is responsible for their plan to embark on strike action if not addressed? Details of this allegations are contained in the second part of this report, available in a few days.