THE Coalition of Civil Society Groups in Nigeria has risen in defence of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele over threats by a phony group with ties to the predominantly Yoruba speaking southwest, to picket the Governor on CBN’s policies.
In a press statement by the Executive Committee of the foremost group, signed by Etuk Bassey Williams, President of the coalition, declared that the policies of the CBN are aimed at protecting ordinary Nigerians from the destructive capitalistic instincts of a few plutocrats and bourgeoisies. .
“It has come to our attention that a shadowy, bogus and unscrupulous group parading itself as a civil society organisation has been circulating messages threatening a protest against the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele,” the statement released by the coalition said.
“To start with, we wish to put it on record and make it categorically clear that the phony group in reference is not (and has never been) a civil society organisation and is therefore not recognised by the Coalition of Civil Society Groups in Nigeria.
“While we appreciate the difficulties and anxieties of many Nigerians given the tough economic times that are confronting us, this situation was not caused by one man or one institution and therefore, it is rather unfair to try to put the blame on any one person or organisation.
“And even if we must ‘scapegoat,’ should it be against a man or an institution that have been at the vanguard of protecting ordinary Nigerians from the disastrous effects of the global shocks due to the sharp drop in oil prices?” the group queried.
Checks have further revealed that the crude campaign to discredit Emefiele with the hope that he would be forced out of his top job is being orchestrated by political and business interests from the southwest.
But the Coalition of Civil Society Groups in Nigeria has declared that Emefiele’s policies have truncated the rent-seeking ability of many economic parasites and saboteurs and believes that “it is for this singular reason that both Emefiele and the CBN are being vilified in the most unfair and disgraceful manner by a sponsored group of anarchists.”
The group believes that Emefiele is being persecuted for policies such as Bank Verification Number (BVN), the List of 41 items not eligible for foreign exchange by the CBN, reforms of Bureau de Change (BDC) and refusal to devalue the naira. I
t added that the Federal Character Commission (FCC) should be allowed to determine whether the CBN broke any rule with respect to recruitment or geopolitical balancing of their staff, saying that its preliminary investigations at the Commission showed that the CBN was given waivers to hire without advertising the positions to the public and that FCC issued it a certificate approving the exercise afterwards.
“Regardless of how this group intends to mask itself as a civil society organisation, our independent research revealed that it is in fact a political organisation of paid agents and sponsored groups representing the interest of a certain geopolitical zone in the country,” the group declared. “We have begun the compilation and will soon publish the infamous list of all the criminal elite and their collaborators on this plot of shame.
“We shall continue to support the policies of CBN Governor Emefiele, the Economic Team, and President Buhari as they try to make our lives better, even though it means denying unscrupulous business men their darkest means of livelihoods. “If this unscrupulous group does not call off its purported march planned to hold in a fortnight, we as the Coalition of Civil Society Group shall embark on a counter protest simultaneously to force them down.
“We will be waiting for them. We shall match the criminal agents of counter-change tweet for tweet, blog for blog until we chase them all out of our country.”