While the suspension of Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi from the Central Bank of Nigeria Governorship post by President Goodluck Jonathan might have come as a sudden if not ominous development to Nigerians, it seems to have been a carefully orchestrated and timed plan by the presidency, as swift moves are being made to fill Mallam Sanusi’s position, going by the fact that the President has forwarded a letter to the Nigerian Senate, nominating current Zenith Bank Managing Director, Mr. Godwin Emefiele to take over the post on a permanent basis when Mallam Sanusi’s tenure expires in June, irrespective of the result of the investigation into Sanusi’s tenure.
Godwin Emefiele is an alumnus of Stanford University, Harvard and Wharton Graduate School of Business where he took courses in Negotiation, Service Excellence, Critical Thinking, Leading Change and Strategy. He obtained both his B.Sc and MBA in Finance from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, going on to lecture Finance, Bank Management, and Insurance at the University of Nigeria and University of Port Harcourt respectively before commencing his banking career.
Emefiele has over twenty-six (26) years banking experience, being on Zenith bank’s management team since inception and holding various management positions in the bank, including serving as the Bank’s Executive Director in charge of Corporate Banking, Treasury, Financial Control and Strategic Planning, and was appointed Deputy Managing Director in 2001.
He became the chief executive officer of Zenith Bank in August 2010.
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