Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Godwin Emefiele for a second five-year term at the helm of the central bank of Africa’s biggest oil producer.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki read a letter from Buhari at the floor of the Senate on Thursday seeking parliamentary approval.
If the appointment is confirmed by the National Assembly, it will be the first time a governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will serve for a second term since the country returned to democratic rule in 1999.
Emefiele was first appointed CBN governor in 2014, a year before Buhari became president. Many thought he would, therefore, be replaced, since there are now new leaders in power.
Emefiele presided over 15-month economic recession in 2016 during the global fall in oil prices, and has maintained high interest rates to check rising inflation.
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