Emefiele: Akpabio desperate to save his head from pending EFCC case – Lawyers


Constitutional lawyers under the leadership of Yusuf Ahmed Tijani on monday rose in defence of a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr Godwin Emefiele, over growing allegations that he mismanaged the nation’s economy during his tenure.

The lawyers, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja said such claims that have no verified fact to back them are only ways of calling a dog a bad name to hang it.

They condemned Senate President Godwill Akpabio baseless attack on Godwin Emefiele as a childish attempt to keep been an errand boy desperate to save his head from pending EFCC case and said Akpabio is the one supposed to be arrested and prosecuted for his pending numerous criminal cases and not Emefiele, who worked to stabilized our currency during his reign.

The lawyers said it was looting by likes of Akpabio that is killing the economy and called on Akpabio to surrender himself to EFCC immediately.

They argued that all the reform programmes introduced by Emefiele during his tenure as CBN governor positioned the country on a sure footing economically.

The lawyers said for all the things that have been seen to have gone wrong after he left office, his successor, Olayemi Cardoso, and his management team should be held responsible.

The statement reads: “It is clear to even the blind that the tenure of Godwin Emefiele attracted huge economic progress to the country.

“Immediately after he left office, things started changing and now, Nigerians are experiencing the worst economic hardship in the history of the country.

“Let us take the forex crisis as a clear example. Dr. Emefiele managed the exchange rate correctly when he was in office.

“Under his leadership in the apex back, the exchange rate at the parallel market was N750.

“Immediately he was removed from office, things changed. Today, exchange rate at the parallel market is almost N1,700.

“The situation was badly managed to the point that dollar has dried up in the economy currently being managed by the clueless new CBN new leadership.

“How then can they prove that Dr Emefiele mismanaged the economy that they inherited?

“It is clear that these overrated people lack idea to manage the economy and to shield themselves, they needed to shift blame, no matter how unreasonable their claims sound in the ears of right-thinking persons.

“Our advice is that they should stop the blame game, fold up their sleeves and begin to work to recover the economy’s lost glory. If they need help, they should not hesitate to ask.”