By Ikeugonna Eleke
The Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari over the reappointment of Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, for another term of five years.
Obiano said that the appointment had raised hope for Southerners, even before the commencement of the president’s second term in office, following Buhari’s assurance of ensuring equity in the distribution of appointments before the 2019 general elections.
Obiano who was speaking through the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, in a press release made available to journalists in Awka, said Emefiele’s reappointment was an indication that President Buhari was more interested in putting qualified people in positions, as against where the person hailed.
‘Governor Willie Obiano and the people of Anambra State are delighted at the reappointment because it is based purely on merit and an appreciation of the values of policy consistency, national interest, financial system stability and a strong desire for rapid national economic growth,’ the release stated.
He praised Emefiele for his hard work and achievements in the Apex Bank in the last five years, saying that the president noticed his capabilities and deemed him fit for reappointment.
‘One thing which Mr Emefiele’s reappointment signifies is that President Buhari has started in earnest the implementation of the new policy of inclusiveness which he assured the Nigerian people after his reelection last February and an issue which he and I have been discussing in private.
‘Though Mr Emefiele was appointed the CBN Governor five years ago by erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan, President Buhari saw the need for him to continue in office in the overriding interest of the nation.
‘The president deserves commendation for standing firm on his decision on Emefiele’s reappointment, unlike a former President who was enamoured of Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s brilliance, foresight, energy, patriotism and accomplishments as the CBN Governor, but at the end of the day succumbed to pressures from those who didn’t want Professor Soludo back for parochial reasons.’
He said the nation should expect more balanced appointments from President Buhari in his second term, noting that it was the pathway to national greatness.