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Buhari nominates Aisha Ahmad as Central Bank Deputy Governor



Buhari nominates Aisha Ahmad as Central Bank Deputy Governor - BellaNaija

Aisha Ahmad

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked that the Senate confirm the appointment of Aisha Ahmad as the new Deputy Governor of the Central Bank.

Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, announced this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Ahmad will be replacing Sarah Alade who retired in March this year.

She was born on October 26, 1976, and was the Head, Consumer and Privilege Banking at Diamond Bank before her appointment.

Ahmad, before joining Diamond Bank, had served in Stanbic IBTC Bank as Head, High Net-worth Individuals; Head, Private Client Services and Deputy Head, Private Client Services between 2009 – 2014.

She also worked with Zenith Bank, Bank of New York Mellon (UK), Synesix Financial Limited (UK), and many others, according to Nairametrics.

She is also the Chairperson of the Executive Board of Women in Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ).

Aisha Ahmad studied Accounting at the University of Abuja, and holds an MBA (Finance) from the University of Lagos, and an M.Sc. Finance and Management from the Cranfield School of Management (UK).

She is from Niger State, and is married with 2 kids to Brigadier General Abdallah A Ahmad (rtd).

Femi Adesina said the nomination was in accordance with the provisions of Section 8(1) (2) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (Establishment) Act 2007.

He said: “President Buhari urged the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, to consider the expeditious confirmation of Mrs Ahmad, who would then resume work immediately”


  1. Lexxie

    October 6, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Congrats Aisha. A very well deserved and merited appointment

    • Fleur

      October 6, 2017 at 10:56 pm

      He he he . I knew there had to be a connection to an ex-militia, sorry ex-military man somewhere. The nigerian slave nation – enslaved hand and feet since 1966..

  2. True Talk

    October 6, 2017 at 11:22 am

    So private bankers are now deputy governors of central banks…only in Nigeria. Wow!

  3. Moniker

    October 6, 2017 at 11:38 am

    She is fine for days. Whether she canperform is story for another day

  4. Maryam

    October 6, 2017 at 11:51 am

    yesssssssss AREWA strong intelligent,educated northern woman!!!! sooooo proud

    • Diamond

      October 6, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      I doubt Arewa is proud of her dressing. They could stone her to death for it, if she was a nobody. But I’m proud of her too, because I am a woman.

  5. Economist

    October 6, 2017 at 11:52 am

    She’s smart give her that. But Nigeria is the only country that keeps appointing bankers & accountants to sensitive positions meant for economists. Don’t we have solid economists? Or they are nobody’s children or proteges?

    And we wonder why we are here.

    But the gullible like glitter, what do they know. Shouting round peg in round holes like ignorants.

    The military connection #IBB

    • Diamond

      October 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Certainly a military connection because of the husband. Buhari the leopard, never changing its spot.

  6. AceOfSpades

    October 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Buhari is not so bad a sexist afterall!

    • Injustice!!!!

      October 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      You obviously missed the fact that she’s a NORTHERNER from Niger state and the wife of a military man. How many northern appointments so far? Are there no better qualified Southerners? And is BN moderating comments because she’s the chairperson of WIMBIZ which I suspect BN’s Bella is a member?

  7. Brenda B

    October 6, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    They couldnt have selected her for nothing. A little bird told me she might have contributed ideas toward the exit of the economic recession. Who knows she might have worked with the Cbn governor,if allowed to. She is a great networker. Btw a little bird is no one in particular. Im only guessing.

    • Diamond

      October 6, 2017 at 1:32 pm


  8. Ify

    October 6, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Go girl!

  9. Economist

    October 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Brenda anybody can give obvious advice on how to get out of recession. And if you think consistenly throwing money into the currency market ( to a select cabal who get richer on round tripping) to appreciate the naira from its true value instead of floating it with the right policies as a sustainable way to get out of a recession and boasting of an inflated miserable 0.05% growth rate is sound advice, you are not to talk when your elders are. Tell your bird, “Wee kip kwayet”.

    It is what happens when Nigeria is governed this kind of way by nepotism, despots and corruption.

    I like her but she is appropriate to rise as the CEO of a commercial bank.

    The central bank is not a retail bank. She wasn’t even working there as an economist with an economist’s background. Yes some positions can be versatile, but some are soecific to specialization. You can’t make a pharmacist a neurosurgeon. Different roles. Different specialisation. No matter how brilliant both are. Let Nigeria just behave itself for once.

    • Mr.A

      October 6, 2017 at 7:18 pm

      I’m an armchair economist, but I think you know your stuff. I need a friend like you!

    • Fleur

      October 6, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      That wan consign you oh….he he he he. Kai! Stop dia. This jewel of the north worked her way to the top of bank and you wan say wetin?. Bank na bank na bank. Commercial kwo abi na central bank – all na bang. Sorry bank. He he he – Watching as the nigerian titanic’s hull gets lowered some more into the depths of the stark dark sea………….

  10. Funmilola

    October 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    As long as she performs diligently, no wahala.
    Congratulations to her.

    • nene+

      October 6, 2017 at 10:24 pm

      Una don start. As long as she perform club!

      Na so them carry confused kemi adeosun come give us. That one is chanting roads, rails,spend our way out of recession confused lots.

      I feel they should have picked a qualified CBN existing staff or an experienced economist as Emefieles background is commercial banking.

  11. YLT

    October 6, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    @ economist! I’m well enlightened today thank you… not quite sure what kind of skills are required for this position but from your detailed commment not skills of a private/commercial banker it would seem! Only time will tell! I was excited about this coupled with the fact that she’s a woman then I saw deets of her husband ! Well I’m not sure if this is really an appointment by Merit or one based on some high connections….Well done woman but again I will pass, show and give me a woman whose husband’s name didn’t bag her a role then I will rest easy !

  12. john

    October 6, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    She is from Niger State, and is married with 2 kids to Brigadier General Abdallah A Ahmad (rtd)…okay oo

  13. nene+

    October 6, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Another insubordination to Emefiele looming at CBN

    • Diamond

      October 6, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      Your mind is there. They want to steal from CBN too, so they’ve brought in a ‘henchwife’.

  14. Myriam

    October 6, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Waohh !! Congratulations ! You are an inspiration for
    a lot of women. I know you will impact ,Do your best ! God bless you !

  15. Amaka

    October 12, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Aishah ! Huge congrats to her we women folk are proud of her accomplishments and I believe she will do us proud . However I am a bit confused about appointing commercial bankers in such roles. First Emefiele , now Ahmad … Surely there must have be suitably qualified staff in CBN or a world class economist. If theirs an infraction concerning Diamond bank how can she be objective? besides that I think her appointment is great and I wish her all the best as its refreshing to see younger Nigerians be given such roles!

  16. kkay

    October 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Nepotism IS CORRUPTION! Nigerians just like to be deceived and deiceive themselves.
    Nobody is fighting corruption. It’s all a HOAX!

  17. tutu

    October 14, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Her Dad is Nupe, her Mum is Yoruba

  18. Marwan Jega

    October 17, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    I Wishes Her All The Best, And She Deserbed It.

  19. Best investment blog

    December 5, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Hmm what can I say? I wish you every of your hearts desire. Congrats woman!

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