ABUJA—Former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Professor Charles Soludo, and former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, were yesterday sighted at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, filling visitors’ forms on their way to the office of Alhaji Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Soludo entered the Chief of Staff’s office around 5:30p.m., followed by Fayemi about 30 minutes later.
They were visiting the Villa when expectations were high that President Buhari would soon make his ministerial list public.
It will recalled that the President had repeatedly assured Nigerians that he will form his cabinet before the end of this month.
Soludo, who was the CBN governor during the administrations of
Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and late Umar Yar’Adua, was critical of the
immediate past government of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, on
the financial management and the handling of the economy, which he said
was brutally raped.
Fayemi was the Director of Policy, Research and Strategy in All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential campaign organization.
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Many believed that Soludo’s critical outbursts on the eve of the
presidential election in March helped to sway sympathy and votes for
President Buhari even as the former CBN governor, in an interview with
an online media, Premium Times, on June 7, said he was not prepared to work for the government, saying he was preoccupied with other engagements
He had said: “Nigerians and their rumours! I am glad you said they are rumours and such rumours are normal.
“For sure, I wish the new government success and for the sake of
Nigeria, everyone must contribute to assist President Buhari succeed.
“I will contribute in whatever way I can. However, everyone cannot
sit in government in order to serve: some will be there on full time
basis, while others can contribute from outside.
“For me at this point in time, I am not disposed or available for
full time public service. Perhaps in the future it could happen, but not