CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, Suspended by President Tinubu.

This blog post will give you an insight on the recent suspension of the Nigeria’s apex bank governor Godwin Emefiele.


Godwin Emefiele assumed the position of Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the year 2014, during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Since then, he has maintained his position as the CBN Governor throughout the tenure of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Emefiele Suspension

Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has been suspended from his position. The suspension was officially announced by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) on Friday, June 9.

According to the suspension notice, Emefiele has been ordered to vacate his office immediately.

Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has been directed to promptly hand over the responsibilities of his office. The directive states that the Deputy Governor (Operations Directorate) will assume the role of Acting Central Bank Governor until the investigation and reforms are concluded.

Reasons for His Suspension

Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has been suspended in connection with the ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the financial sector of the economy

The suspension of Emefiele is a consequential step taken as part of the investigation process to ensure a fair and thorough examination of the activities within his office. The specific details and nature of the investigation have not been disclosed at this time.

Additionally, the suspension aligns with the broader goal of implementing reforms in the financial sector of the Nigerian economy. The planned reforms aim to enhance transparency, accountability, and efficiency within the sector, and Emefiele’s suspension is seen as a measure to facilitate this process.

In summary, the suspension of Godwin Emefiele as the CBN Governor is a result of the ongoing investigation into his office and the broader plan to implement reforms in the financial sector. The suspension aims to facilitate a comprehensive review of activities while signaling the commitment to strengthen transparency and effectiveness in the Nigerian economy.

President Tinubu’s Clash with the suspended CBN Governor

In the build-up to the 2023 general election, a clash occurred between Tinubu and Emefiele, regarding the implementation of a new naira redesign policy, which subsequently resulted in currency scarcity.

Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), faced criticism from various quarters for his decision to implement the new naira redesign policy. The policy aimed to introduce changes to the physical appearance of the currency. However, its execution led to a scarcity of currency in circulation, causing disruptions and concerns in the financial sector.

During the 2023 general election campaign, Tinubu responded to Emefiele’s currency swap policy, expressing his concerns and intentions. Tinubu stated that the currency swap was harshly applied by the CBN, especially considering the significant number of unbanked Nigerians.

Tinubu further announced his plan to review the currency swap policy. In the meantime, if elected, his administration would treat both currencies involved in the swap as legal tender.


In conclusion, the suspension of the CBN Governor, as revealed by the Ministry of Information, indicates the initiation of an ongoing investigation into Godwin Emefiele’s activities. The statement suggests that there are concerns or allegations surrounding his actions that warrant a thorough examination. Further details and findings from the investigation are awaited, shedding light on the reasons behind the suspension and its potential implications for the financial sector and the economy at large.

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