A coalition of civil society organizations has issued an unreserved apology to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele for his visa ban calls.
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Previously, there had been calls for Emefiele’s visa to be banned for allegedly missing a N89 billion stamp duty and for him to be arrested by the State Security Services (SSS), among others.
In an apology letter read during a press conference in Abuja on Monday, January 9, the coalition pointed out that the allegations against Emefiele were false and false about his person and position.
The letter co-signed by its leaders Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf Ibrahim of the Northern Leaders Coalition; Gbenga Ganzallo of the League of Professionals for Good Governance and Accountability; and Transparency Africa chief Sampam, the coalition said that after weighing the details of what was made available to CSOs against the CBN governor, they realized they are acting on the wrong information.
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“We hereby offer our unreserved apologies to the CBN Governor for becoming improperly involved and joining forces to call for his arrest and removal from office. We sincerely regret this action and apologize.”
He also said that the coalition’s apology is based on superior arguments that have been made available to us about the activities and interventions of the CBN under the leadership of Emefiele.
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The coalition also called on other groups and individuals it described as anti-CBN groups to support Emefiele and his patriotic passion to sustain the economy.
“Therefore, we officially cancel and take advantage of all planned actions against the CBN Governor and urge other anti-CBN groups to unite to support the creative and dynamic CBN Governor and his good policies.
“This should also serve as a notice to places we have written to ignore our request and provide you with the necessary protection if the need arises, as we discover that the allegations are trumped up charges aimed at sacrificing you for some section of the political establishment.
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“It should be noted that this action is not due to misinformation given about us at a hastily arranged press conference last week by an unknown group, but rather out of a deep conviction of the need to retrace our steps based on the issues that arise in our initial planned agenda”.
He also urged DSS to allow the CBN governor to fulfill his constitutional duties, as well as respect court orders on the issue and stop intimidating him.
Regarding Nigeria’s political class, the coalition said that civil servants must be allowed to work and not be distracted in any way.
“We respectfully urge DSS to guard its sword and work with the CBN Governor to root out illicit financial flows in the country with great efficiency.
“We need peace in our politics as we approach the 2023 general election. The entire political class is warned to desist from fake news and blackmail as a way to ensure free, fair and credible elections in 2023.
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“We frown on behavioral trends that would destabilize our democracy. Once again, we dare to say that we want peace and nothing but peace.
“We hereby declare our wholehearted support for Emefiele and his many policies passed by President Buhari. Again, ask all naysayers to stop spreading falsehoods and blackmail against the CBN Governor and allow him to focus on his core mandate, which is monetary policy with immense value.”
He said that from now on, they have decided to be independent advocates for the many policies that the CBN Governor has initiated and ensure that the policies reach the grassroots and also for the betterment of all Nigerians.
“Finally, we declare our full support for President Muhammadu Buhari and Godwin Emefiele and we also urge all Nigerians to do the same.”
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