Some Nigerians have criticized the inclusion of Central Bank Governor Godwin Emiefele on the list of national honorees.
On Sunday, the Federal Government nominated 339 people to win the honors.
The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria is among those nominated for the rank of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic.
Surprised by the development, netizens wondered how he made the list despite calls from different quarters demanding a probe into the failed new naira policy initiated under his leadership.
The PUNCH reports that the outgoing Zamfara governor, Bello Matawalle, had called for the disapproval of Emefiele’s alleged request for study leave while accusing him of overseeing the mismanagement of the country’s financial and monetary systems.
He insisted that the CBN governor must stay to give an account of everything that happened under him to the incoming administration.
Just recently, Kogi lawmaker, Senator Smart Adeyemi, said he should be invited for questioning, while he recalled that the situation the new naira policy was greeted with could have degenerated into anarchy but for the prompt intervention of the judiciary.
Netizens on the micro-blogging website, Twitter, however, questioned the rationale behind his choice for the honour.
A user who goes by the handle, Onochie Anyaoku, wrote, “Imagine National Honours on Emefiele? There is no noble practice that Nigeria cannot Nigerianize?”
@eleyiLagos also wrote, “Emefiele that we will arrest after swearing-in. Asiwaju must collect back that honour. Buhari didn’t use merit to give those honours he has been sharing since January”
Another user @TheYemiKing stated that “Godwin Emefiele has just been rewarded with CFR Award by President Muhammadu Buhari for overseeing the shambolic dehumanisation of Nigerians and destruction of the Nigerian economy, especially with his insipid cash confiscation policy.
A tweep @daemperor007 said, “Emefiele sef collect award. Miracle no dey tire Jesus?”
On her part, Sade wrote, “This Nation Honours List sha. I am sorry no beefing, but it’s a NO (for me). Seeing names like Emefiele’s on it nullifies it for me…though, some on the list are very dear to me. See no need for this hurriedly compiled list.”