Josef Onoh, the South-East spokesman for the “President-elect”, Bola Tinubu, has warned the Department of State Services (DSS) not to allow the embattled Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to leave Nigeria for any study leave abroad.
There is a plot to allow Emefiele travel out of Nigeria for a study leave abroad to escape the likely prosecution by the incoming government.
Many people believe that the CBN Governor wants to escape from Nigeria before Tinubu's inauguration on May 29, as it is believed that Tinubu and Emefiele are not on friendly terms in view of the naira redesign policy and scarcity.
According to The Nation, Onoh “I’m telling the DSS that whether the study leave is true or not, it should ensure that Emefiele does not leave Nigeria.
"If Emefiele wants to get a study leave, we have credible universities in Nigeria that are willing to grant him admission where he can do his study leave and these universities are ready to comply with CBN regulations regarding money transfers and payment modes to the institution of his choice in order for him to process his admission and they also accept the new redesigned naira notes as form of payment for admissions fees too.
“Therefore going for a study leave abroad would not be fair to our universities in Nigeria that are willing to grant him automatic admission. We should promote our own universities and there is no need going for overseas study when we have competent universities here in Nigeria.
“The President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has made education a priority and so Emefiele has nothing to fear. The incoming administration has has made security, education, health as major priorities and we should all come together to work for that renewed hope.
“There is no need for Emefiele to leave Nigeria, whether it is true or false about his international studies, the DSS should ensure that he does not leave Nigeria and assist him in any way he requires to secure an admission in any of our prestigious institutions.
“He is a great Ambassador and we have so many universities in Nigeria that are willing to offer him automatic admission for his studies in any course he wants. If he likes he can go to NIPSS but the DSS should ensure that Emefiele completes his study in Nigeria.
“It will be unfair for him and to Nigerians for us to export this genius with his wealth of experience overseas while we have our youth who can tap from his vast experience in the financial sector we need him to redesign their mindset from work to wealth like he did with the new currency.”