The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, is under increasing pressure to run for president in the 2023 general election. The promoters of the idea, working under the auspices of The Mass Interest Project, urged the CBN boss to throw his hat in the ring in a statement released over the weekend.
They referred to his acts of loyalty and patriotism as the main ingredient the country requires in its current state.
The promoters, who argued that President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor should be a technocrat with a strong understanding of economics, emphasized Emefiele’s credentials as an experienced entrepreneur and business leader.
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The statement, titled The Charge 2023, cited the CBN governor’s interventions through fiscal and monetary policies as having assisted the country in exiting two recessions in five years.
“As expected, tensions are already high across the country,” it says. Nigerians are starting to feel the heat as political gladiators go on the hustings, perfecting their art of playing the game.
“These are men and women who are skilled at political deception, intimidation, and blackmail, as well as the art of violence, which they readily employ to exact vengeance or force compliance to their will and desire.”
“They are also skilled at making promises that they cannot keep or support.” They have been there since the beginning – from the First Republic, Second Republic, Third Republic, and the Fourth Republic – and continue to rule the coast even now.”
“We, the people, work to manifest the Nigeria of our dreams as we strive for greatness!” We march, fiercely defending the vision and liberty that will allow us to build the Nigeria we want, not as career politicians, but as citizens with an equal stake in this Republic.”
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The group stated that it was looking for the country’s next leader.
“Behold, we have discovered a man with a proven track record of loyalty, patriotism, and understanding for long-term development.” A man whose name implies a rendezvous with fate.
“Would you, Godwin Ifeanyichukwu Emefiele, lead our people on this march for a better Nigeria?” “Would you like to lead The Charge 2023?”
The Emefiele-for-President campaign has remained speculative, as the CBN boss has not declared an interest in entering partisan politics or indicated a desire to run for any political office in the next election cycle.
In addition, Green Alliance has stated that if elected president, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele will revitalize the economy.
According to the group, the banker has the support of corporate Nigeria as well as many politicians.
Its leader, Wale Fapounda, said the group was promoting Emefiele as a bridge because he is from an Igbo-speaking part of Delta State, and that Igbo in the Southeast and other Southsouth indigenes would identify with him.
He pointed out that the CBN governor was born in Lagos, where he also received his primary and secondary education.
“It was remarkable that, even though he was appointed by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration, the succeeding All Progressives Congress (APC) government not only found him fit enough but also went on to make him the first CBN governor in the Fourth Republic to win a second term,” Fapounda said.
The Green Alliance leader recalled Emefiele’s successes at Zenith Bank, claiming that the bank earned N100 billion after tax profit in 2012 under his leadership.
“Since his appointment as governor of the CBN, he has spent his energy in building a resilient financial system that can serve the Nigerian economy’s growth and development needs,” he said.