The Central Bank of Nigeria has reacted to reports on alleged illegal recruitment of children and relatives of top government officials.
Recall that this medium on Tuesday March 15, reported that the apex bank secretly employed the sons, daughters and relatives of President Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase and others.
According to the claim, the beneficiaries includes a son of Mamman Daura, a nephew of President Buhari, a daughter of Atiku Abubakar, a daughter of the IGP, Solomon Arase, a son of the Minister of Interior, Abdurahman Danbazzau, a son of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu and 86 others.
However, in an interview with Premium Times on Wednesday, the CBN’s acting Director of Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor backed the banks decision to recruit without public notice, adding that the apex bank got a waiver from the Federal Character Commission to employ the 91-individuals as they were in search of professionals.
“In the last two years, we have had cause to recruit specialists,” Okoroafor said.
“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. 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 recruits people of certain classes that we used to cover the shortfall in those states,” he added.