The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, handed out jobs of the apex bank to the children of those highly connected in order to save his own.
The apex bank’s recruitment scandal which was exposed sees the CBN governor, allegedly employ at least 91 people tied to influential or highly placed Nigerians in a hiring process that was highly secretive.
The list of beneficiaries of the CBN’s job largesse include a daughter of former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku, a son of Mamman Daura, a nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari and one of the closest members of the president’s inner circle, a son of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, a daughter of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’aba, also daughter of the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, a son of the Minister of Internal Affairs, Abdurahman Danbazzau and at least 86 others.
As the news went viral and generated media reactions, the Central Bank of Nigeria, disclosed that it opted for a secret process of hiring new staff in the past two years because the bank was doing ‘targeted recruitment’.
The CBN’s acting Director of Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, said in an interview that the bank did nothing illegal or wrong in hiring without advertising.
“In the last two years, we have had cause to recruit specialists, and what the law says is that if we are going for that kind of recruitment we should apply for waiver, so that we can do targeted recruitment,” Mr. Okoroafor said, adding that the bank obtained waiver from the Federal Character Commission.
“The other issue is that there are states that are not well represented (in the CBN), and in this case we focus on those states to recruit people of certain classes that we used to cover the shortfall in those states,” he said.
Mr. Okoroafor however said he was not ready to confirm or deny the names on the list. “Is there any qualified Nigerian who does not have the right to work in the CBN?,” he asked.