President Muhammadu Buhari has demanded the resignations of Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), and other political appointees who want to run for office in 2023.
In a circular, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, issued the directive (SGF).
The CBN governor was copied on the late-Wednesday-issued circular.
The president’s order follows a directive issued hours earlier requiring ministers to resign by or before May 16.
“Mr. President has observed and noted the expression of interest and intention by certain members of the Federal Executive Council, heads of extra-ministerial departments, agencies, parastatals of government, ambassadors, and other political office holders to contest the forthcoming presidential, gubernatorial, national, and state assemblies’ elections,”
“Therefore, Mr. President has ordered the affected officeholders who wish to compete for various seats in the 2023 general election to submit their resignations no later than Monday, May 16, 2022.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this directive applies to all ministers, heads and members of extra-ministerial government departments, agencies, and parastatals, ambassadors, and other political appointees who wish to run for elective office.
“For the smooth operation of government machinery and our overseas missions, affected ministers are to pass over their responsibilities to ministers of state, where they exist, or to the permanent secretary, where no minister of state exists.
“In accordance with customary procedures, ambassadors shall transfer authority to their deputy heads of mission or the most senior foreign service official.
“Similarly, heads of extra-ministerial departments, agencies, and parastatals are to take over to the organization’s most senior director or officer in accordance with Circular No. SGF.50/S. Il/C.2/268 dated December 4, 2017.
“This circular and its accompanying guidelines are effective immediately.”