Old Naira: You Have Absolutely No Right To Challenge Buhari – Ohaneze Ndigbo Blasts State Governors
Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide has berated state governors against the naira redesigned policy initiated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Naija News reports that some state governors against the policy have instructed residents in their states to keep collecting the old notes with the governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai specifically saying that the policy will be cancelled if the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, wins the February 25th election.
Reacting to the development, the national vice president of Ohanaeze, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene opined that the governors have no right to challenge the President’s order on the withdrawal of the old N500 and N1000 notes from circulation
Acknowledging the economic hardship caused by the policy, the apex Igbo group maintained that challenging the president in the manner the governors were doing amounted to a treasonable felony.
He said: “We have only one Commander-in-Chief and he has made a nationwide broadcast stating the way he wants the matter to be resolved and these governors should abide by the president’s directive.
” If they don’t like what the president has done, they should approach the court, but not to incite Nigerians against the government. We don’t want our democracy to be derailed.
“What they are doing is treasonable offence and so we condemn their action because the situation in the country does not require further tension being created by these governors.”
The group urged Nigerians to be ready to make sacrifices for the good of the country while pleading with the Federal Govern and CBN to make good on their promise of recirculating the old N200 notes.
”It is unacceptable to subject people to queue endlessly in the banks to get their money. The idea of a naira swap is okay, but not making it available is not good”, he said.
He observed that Nigerians were eager to participate in the forthcoming election, reminding them that what is happening in some states might be a ploy to disrupt the election.
“Let the people endure because I believe that the situation will normalize after the election. For instance, fuel scarcity has started easing and so they should know that the problem of naira availability will soon become a thing of the past.
”It is just for a few more weeks and we will survive it. I believe the president is fully in charge and with his assurance to the nation, the election will be peaceful and credible and there is no need for people to panic,” Okeke-Ogene stated.