A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), has asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to sack the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.
He also asked the Federal Government to order Emefiele to refund all the salaries and allowances he had been paid as the CBN governor.
The human rights lawyer said this while reacting to reports that Emefiele had picked the presidential Expression of Interest and Nomination forms of the All Progressives Congress.
The PUNCH had reported that three groups reportedly bought APC forms for Emefiele to contest presidency in 2023.
This came a few hours after the CBN governor reportedly visited Buhari to inform him of his presidential ambition.
Though Emefiele has not publicly declared his intention to contest the presidency, his support groups have flooded the media with promotional messages.
In an interview with The PUNCH on Friday, Adegboruwa described Emefiele’s move as “reckless and a mockery of Nigeria’s democracy”.
He said, “I believe that the case of the CBN governor highlights the nature of governance that we have in Nigeria, which is everybody to yourself and no one for all. Things have fallen apart. It is the height of impunity and scandalous for the All Progressives Congress government for allowing him to bastardise his office.
“It is a mockecry of our democratic experience and an abuse of decency. It is recklessness. I believe lawyers and lovers of peace should call for his removal or sacking.
“By purchasing the form, he lost the moral authority to function to as governor of CBN. He should leave to join his colleagues in politics. He should not rubbish the office.
“The Nigeria Bar Association and Civil Society Organisations should demand all the money paid to him CBN governor should be refunded.”
The lawyer also alleged that Emefiele’s attention had been in politics, saying that may be responsible for the country’s poor economic growth.
“He never deserved that office. His eyes has been in politics. This explains why the naira and the economy are falling. His mind has always been in politics. He has always been distracted.”
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