The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders in Nigeria (CACLN), on Thursday, held a peaceful protest to the Presidential Villa demanding for Godwin Emefiele’s dismissal as Central Bank of Nigeria Governor.
The protesters lamented Emefiele’s policy summersaults and inconsistencies that have hurt the country’s economy in unimaginable ways and made it a laughing stock in the comity of nations.
They also bemoaned Emefiele’s foray into partisan politics, expending billions from the CBN’s vaults to achieve his selfish interest.
A statement by the convener, Dauda Yakubu, described the CBN governor as an economic saboteur without the moral right and strength of character to superintend over the affairs of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
He added that the naira redesign and withdrawal limits was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
“We know that the CBN governor introduced the naira redesign as a medium to cover up for some of the anomalies he perpetuated in office. Consequently, several billions of naira were expended for changing the colour of some naira denominations,” he said.
“Godwin Emefiele is an economic saboteur that should be arrested and prosecuted for fraud, diversion of government funds, perpetuating unwholesome practices in the Forex management in the country and other acts too numerous to mention.
“The recent revelations regarding the stamp duties account indeed bring to the fore why Godwin Emefiele must be relieved of his appointment as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“He lacks the moral right and strength of character to superintend over the affairs of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He is morally bankrupt and on the verge of plunging the country into an unimaginable economic crisis. His voodoo economic policies have brought woes and untold hardship to the country. Nigeria cannot afford to have the likes of Godwin Emefiele occupy any position of authority in the country, talk more of staying in office as the Central Bank Governor.
“Godwin Emefiele has bled the country through his nefarious activities that date back to the Goodluck Jonathan era, where he superintended over shady deals that almost crippled the country’s economy.
“In the struggle against corrupt and incompetent leaders in Nigeria, my comrades, we stand united to ensure that Godwin Emefiele is relieved of his appointment as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
We are aware of many unanswered questions concerning what happened to monies realized through the federal government stamp duty fees. We are also aware that there are spirited efforts by Godwin Emefiele and his goons to kill the agitation in the media, with hundreds of millions of naira earmarked for that purpose.”
They, therefore, demanded that Godwin Emefiele be relieved of his appointment, investigated and made to face the full wrath of the law for “causing so much harm to the economy of Nigeria through the implementation of dubious and abracadabra policies that favour him, his cronies and his political patrons”.
Yakubu added: “We are calling on the President and Commander-in-Chief to wield the big stick and save the country from further disintegration as a result of the ignoble activities of Godwin Emefiele at the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“We also call on the security agencies to launch a full-scale investigation into the operations of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2014 to date to unravel the rot in the system. Nigeria deserves better leaders to actualize our hopes and aspirations.”