Ethnic youth leaders, others describe call for Emefiele’s resignation as baseless, laughable

The Council of Ethnic Youth Leaders of Nigeria, (NEYLC), has condemned the call for the resignation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, by the Arewa Youth Assembly.

Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had called for the resignation of the CBN Governor over failure to perform.

The council, which comprises Ohanaeze, Oduduwa, Arewa and Middle-Belt youth leaders, said the call was to discredit the CBN governor and President Muhammadu Buhari’s economic recovery plans.

The groups added that the call is not only baseless, but a sign of a weak National Working Committee (NWC) of PDP seeking attention to avoid an impending sack.

The NEYLC said it was approached by some unnamed individuals with financial inducement to join a plot to launch a smear campaign against Emefiele so that the President will sack him.

Speaking on behalf of the council at a press briefing in Abuja Wednesday, the President of the Middle Belt Youth Council, Meliga Godwin, described the plot as an act of economic sabotage and called on all the security agencies to immediately investigate it.

The NEYLC, which is made up of the Arewa Consultative Youth Movement, Ohanaeze Indi-Igbo Youth Movement, Oduduwa Youths and Middle Belt Youths, said that it’s alarmed over the call made by the PDP that Emefiele should resign, adding that it is of the strong view that the call is baseless, considering the monumental strides of the apex bank under Emefiele’s leadership. 

The group, in a statement by the Ohanaeze Secretary-General and Head of Coalition Secretariat, Nwada Chiamaka said, “for us as critical stakeholders, we note that the call has exposed outgoing National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus; and the outgoing National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, as not being in tune with the reality of the nation’s politics. 

“The call is laughable and a sign of a weak National Working Committee (NWC) of an opposition party, which is ready to play politics with everything, no matter how unreasonable.

The Oduduwa Youth Assembly, on its part, called the PDP to leave the CBN Governor alone and face the challenges in the party.

The Assembly, in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Oladele John, said that the present NWC of the party has demarketed the party to the extent that they are been forced out before the expiration of their tenure.

The group noted that there has been a consistent reduction in the inflation rate in the past five months and the GDP has likewise been growing. 

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