By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA – A group, Coalition of Cvil Societies Group,has condemned the purported leakage of an audio of Central Bank Governor, Dr Godwin Emefiele, discussing an alleged missing N500 billion, saying the action was carried out with intention to blackmail him.
The umbrella body of civil society groups in Nigeria with millions of members, insisted that the release of the audio on alleged mission money was not only done in bad faith but also an attempt to blackmail the CBN governor.
The group said it was clearly the handiwork of those against the reappointment of Dr Emefiele, saying the sudden emergence of an audio tape on purported misappropriation of fund after Emefiele’s appointment into a second term in office was simply suspicious and an attempt to create an unnecessary confusion in the nation’s financial sector as well discredit the nation’s CBN gov.
At a press conference addressed in Abuja by the national president and secretary general of CSG, Etuk Bassey William and Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar respectively, the group warned Nigerians of the negative effect such accusations could cause the nation’s economy saying there should be limits to vendettas as the audio was done in bad taste, more so as the nation had benefitted immensely from the expertise brought into the management of the nation’s economy, just as was the heroic job done in pulling the nation out of the last economic recession.
Querying the timing of the release of the audio tape, the CSG wondered the logic and undercurrents behind the tape’s release especially after Emefiele’s appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari for a fresh term in office.
“There has been several policy and economic initiatives that has been introduced by Emefiele since his assumption into office and they are quite numerous. It is baffling that during these periods of struggles not for a day did the nation get the contributions of these detractors even if they had contrary opinions, ideas or policies.
” To suddenly jump into the fray and cause this distraction upon the reappointment of the CBN governor is not only antithetical to the growth of our economy but indeed to the spirit of collectivism needed to build the nation” , Comrade William stated.
He said Nigerians must learn to appreciate good efforts of individuals like the governor, saying this pull-down syndrome that had become the bane of good work must be jettisonsoned if the country is to move forward even as President Buhari had silenced those against the tenure extension of Emefiele which can be attributed to the CBN governor’s obvious strides which was now evident in growth and diversification of Nigeria’s economy.
“We have listened to the audio and can actually state that the conversation had no connotation of any fraudulent intent as being purported.
“Nigerians and all investors should disregard the antics of these enemies of progress who always believe that they must destroy or discredit credible activities of government once things don’t go their ways. But we want to assure the management of CBN that Nigerians are behind them, and should not be distracted by self seeking detractors”, the group stated.