2023: CSOs Tell Emefiele to Leave CBN and Focus on Politics
- Some prominent civil society groups in the country have asked Godwin Emefiele to resign as the CBN governor
- According to the groups, Emeifele should not hang on to the governorship of the CBN while angling to be Nigeria's president
- So many support groups have sprung up in the last few weeks rooting for Delta-born Emefiele to be the president of the country
FCT, Abuja - The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor has been advised to resign from his position as the apex bank chief and focus on his purported 2023 presidential ambition.
The demand was made by four civil society groups in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, April 7.
The groups are Citizens Awareness Against Corruption and Social Vises Initiative, Empowerment For Unemployed Youth Initiative, Guidance of Democracy and Development, and Niger Delta Youth Council.
Part of the statement which was signed by the leaders of the group - Comrade Danesi Momoh Prince, Comrade Solomon Adodo, Comrade Igwe Ude-umanta and Comrade Jator Abido, stated that:
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“It is becoming real that indeed, Mr. Emefiele is interested in the presidency of Nigeria come 2023. This is evident due to the momentum being gathered by the campaign and the commissioning of thousands of branded vehicles in his name, and for the said campaign for the 2023 presidency.
“In all this, he has remained silent, while probably directly funding this campaign massively.
“Let us make it very clear that Mr. Emefiele is eminently qualified to run for the presidency of the country. He also has the right. Indeed, we wish him well as we wish other aspirants across political parties.
“However, it is unconscionable, unacceptable, and shameful that at a time when we are facing an economic crises of this disturbing magnitude, with the naira on a free fall, the CBN governor will be mastur*bating about a presidential aspiration.
“Whatever be the case, we demand that in the name of a modicum of shame and some sense of sanity, Mr. Godwin Emefiele should immediately resign so as to have all the time to focus on his legitimate ambition.
“With the assault on our economy, it is ungodly to leave our Central Bank in the hands of a distracted, politically busy, politically exposed, and politically ambitious governor. It is not just right. It is not acceptable, not only in Nigeria but anywhere in the world.
“He should therefore resign immediately to save the country from which he has benefitted so much. Mr. Emefiele should resign now; we mean, immediately. And let us also add that we are not interested in scoring the CBN governor.”
Obasanjo to Nigerians: Don’t vote aspirants claiming youths bought forms for them
In a related development, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked Nigerians not to vote for presidential aspirants claiming that some political or youth groups bought their nomination forms for them.
Obasanjo made the comment in Lagos during a colloquium to mark the 61st birthday of Pastor Itua Ighodalo saying:
“Anybody who would come out to tell you such a lie, you shouldn’t vote for him. Which youths gathered N40million? If you want to buy it, buy it and tell us. You don’t need to lie to us.”
2023: Don't vote for parties that failed in the past, presidential aspirant tells Nigerians
On his part, a presidential aspirant, Malik Ado-Ibrahim, has called on Nigerians to ensure they do not vote for individuals or political parties associated with failure.
Speaking at a recent event in Abuja, Malik Ado-Ibrahim, who is vying for the position of president on the platform of the Young Progressives Party urged Nigerians not to make the same mistake they made in the past.
He further warned that Nigerians cannot afford to make another mistake in the next general election considering that the challenges bedevilling that nation have continued to stall Nigeria's development.