A Human Rights Lawyer, Festus Ogun, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency, sack the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emefiele, for daring to declare for the 2023 Presidency while still active in Office, in charge of the nation’s treasury,
The Human Rights Lawyer made the call after the CBN Governor purchased the 2023 Presidential nomination and expression of interest forms of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, on Friday, after denying some weeks ago, that he had any interest in the 2023 Presidency.
Ogun’s exact words: “CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, has picked the APC N100 million Presidential nomination and expression of interest form. Clearly, this is illegal, morally reprehensible and weakens whatever is left of our institutions.
“Section 9 of the CBN Act, 2007, provides that ‘the Governor and the Deputy Governors shall devote the whole of their time to the service of the Bank, and while holding Office, shall not engage in any full or part-time employment or vocation, whether remunerated or not’.
“Politics is a vocation, and the CBN Governor is not allowed by Law to engage in partisan politics. It is unthinkable that Emefiele, despite his embarrassing failures, will disregard Law and morality to vie for President under the ruling APC. Our national vault is no longer safe.
“Mr. Godwin Emefelie must immediately resign his position as CBN Governor, to save our country from this unthinkable absurdity. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) must immediately commence thorough investigation into Emefiele’s period in Office.
“Finally, I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to invoke his statutory powers under Section 11 (2) of the CBN Act to sack Emefiele. The National Assembly and civil society organisations are equally enjoined to intervene in this peculiar institutional desecration. All is not well.”