Presidential candidate of the Accord Party , Professor Chris Imumolen, has said that any further delay in addressing the scarcity of naira notes and petrol may threaten 2023 elections.
He alleged that the issues were attempts targeted at causing unrest.
Imumolen made these assertions as he addressed journalists on Thursday evening in the nation’s capital.
He said though the naira redesign policy by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was a good one, there was no sincerity of purpose in its implementation.
He said, “Where is the minister of finance? The CBN should be answerable to the minister of finance. The minister of finance is nowhere to be found, what is happening to Nigeria? We are only thinking that this is happening by coincidence, it is not happening by coincidence, there is a calculated attempt to ensure that the next election doesn’t hold.
“Nigerians will not succumb to that, Nigerians are tired, Nigerians are suffering, you have money in the bank, yet you cannot access your money, mobile banks are not working, Nigerians are frustrated, no money to move from one place to another, jobs are closing up for lack of funds. It has not happened in the history of Nigeria.
“This situation has now fuelled speculations that the general elections originally fixed for February 25th, and March 11th this year might be postponed as unconfirmed reports claim that there are clandestine plots to use this uncertainty of the ongoing crisis to truncate the election.
“So we want to call on government to yield to the cry of the people. If the government of today does not declare a national emergency to quickly look at the problem of cash scarcity and fuel scarcity, the nation might be set ablaze, and we as concerned citizens, don’t want that to happen. So it is important that government must begin to look at this issue critically.”
He called on Nigerians to remain calm and focus on electing leaders who would change the narrative while urging the youths to liberate themselves and begin to support youths.