Jonathan, Okonjo-Iweala Tip Aig-Imoukhuede As Next CBN Governor

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SaharaReporters has learned from sources close to President Goodluck Jonathan that Aigboje I. Aig-Imoukhuede, the controversial head of Access Bank Plc, has been tipped to succeed current Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi at the helm of Nigeria’s Central Bank.
jonthan_aig_shshsh“If all goes as planned, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede will become the next Governor of the Central Bank,” one of our sources said. Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede, the Group Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, also enjoys the support of Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said one source.

The banker, whose closeness to both Mr. Jonathan and Ms.Okonjo-Iweala is well known, is regarded within Nigeria’s financial circles as a controversial figure who has remained unscathed because of his high-powered political contacts.

Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede’s ties to Mr. Jonathan and Nigeria’s Finance Minister have helped him obscure his bank’s widespread and obscene involvement in the $6 billion oil subsidy scam that rocked Nigeria last year.

A top level Nigerian financial analyst with deep knowledge of the oil sector told SaharaReporters that Mr. Aig-Imoukhuedeand his bank “should have been on the hot seat over their role in the fuel subsidy fraud.” Instead, the analysts said, President Jonathan appointed the banker to a committee that enabled Mr. Aig-Imoukhuede and Access Bank to escape critical searchlight

A source told SaharaReporters that current CBN governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has expressed a desire not to seek a second term at the end of his current five-year tenure.

Mr. Sanusi’s term as Nigeria’s current governor of the CBN is due toexpire in April, 2014. Last year, President Jonathan appointed Mr. Aig Imoukhuede to chair a committee on fuel subsidies. The appointment helped the banker to cover up his bank’s involvement in the oil subsidy scam.

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