The Coalition of Civil Society Groups, (CCSGs) has cautioned opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to leave the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele from ‘it’s political crisis.’
The coalition’s President, Etuk Bassey Williams, and Secretary, Abubakar Ibrahim, said on Saturday in Abuja that the PDP’s call for Emefiele’s resignation was uncharitable.
Bassey said the coalition after an appraisal of the statement credited to Senator John Udoedehe, observed that he neither accused Emefiele of any wrong doing nor implied that the CBN Governor was involved in any infraction.
“Therefore the call for the resignation of Mr. Godwin Emefiele by a highly respected political party is regrettable and most uncharitable.
“We consider it pertinent to call for restrain from any form of distraction or political mischief from the PDP. This political entanglement with a public institution like the CBN is very unpleasant, uncalled for and should not be entertained by any patriotic Nigeria.
“We frown at the misrepresentation of the political utterance of the APC Caretaker Secretary, Senator John Udoedehe by the PDP and advice that political parties should exempt the CBN Governor and the CBN in general from their political gimmick and concentrate on their political games,” he said.
Bassey also said that any act “designed to frustrate efforts of Mr. Godwin Emefiele to restore the economy from its downward slope due to the fall and unstable price of crude oil, rejection of the nation’s agricultural produce in foreign market, low quality of industrial good and the advent of Covid-19 pandemic will be opposed.
He said, “We express disappointment that some persons or political party will make itself available to unsettle the CBN Governor. No reasonable person will embark on such venture, because it is unpatriotic. We should not be seen creating crisis for an individual/institution making effort to revamp the economy that has witnessed two recessions by no fault of the CBN Governor.”
He said the coalition believe the CBN Governor and his team will stabilize the naira value and restore the economy.