The All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Attorney-general of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) and governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to resign following the judgement of the Supreme Court on Naira exchange policy of the Federal Government.
The party’s national vice chairman (North- West), Salihu Moh Lukman, said the AGF and the CBN Governor didn’t guide President Buhari duly on the decision to phase out old Naira notes.
Responding to the Supreme Court judgment in a statement he issued on Friday in Abuja, Lukman said, “It’s disastrous that President Muhammadu Buhari could be misled into similar acts of illegality and abuse of executive powers as pronounced by the Supreme Court.
We, and indeed all Nigerians, are thankful to the Supreme Court judges led by Justice Akomaye for this landmark judicial intervention. Given the hurtful nature of the consequences of the cashless policy of the Federal Government as was enforced hence far, and the damage of the Supreme Court ruling to the profile of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami must take personal responsibility for this act of illegality by the Federal Government.
The former director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum noted that in advanced democracies, public office-holders who commit similar acts of illegality willingly resign from their appointments.
He added “thus, if indeed, the cashless policy of the Federal Government was apparently designed to conform with extant legal provisions of the Nigerian Federation, now that it turned out in the direct contrary, both the CBN Governor, Mr. Emefiele and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Malami should accept the limitations of both their knowledge of the law and commitment to democracy by resigning from their respective offices immediately. Rule of law is elementary to democracy and individuals who flagrantly violate the laws or promote acts that infringe the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria mustn’t be permitted.
We call on Nigerians to take note of the fact that the campaign against the Federal Government cashless policy was led by APC, not minding the attempt to sensationally politicise it to the benefit of opposition political parties and their aspirants in this election season.
It’s gratifying that Nigerians repelled the antics of subversive politicians who wanted to use similar crude techniques, including inflicting untold difficulty and pains on Nigerians to provoke citizens into voting against the APC during the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections. “
We commend and salute Nigerians for their faith in our party, APC and determination to support our party and our aspirants during the 2023 elections.
We’re indeed confident that Nigerians across all the 36 states of the Federation will reaffirm this confidence during the Governorship and States ’Houses of Assembly election on Saturday, March 11, 2023.