Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has lambasted those behind the recent call for the sack of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele.
He said anyone calling for the removal of Emefiele was a drunkard trying to sabotage the Nigerian economy.
Oshiomhole made this remark in Abuja when he paid a courtesy call on the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okogie to finalise plans on the take-off of Edo State University in Iyamo.
According to him, the CBN had ended the nefarious career of those benefiting from an illegal capital market and other anti-growth rackets.
His words, “The truth of the matter is that we have a new Federal Government that has won election on the basis of a mantra of change and there are all kinds of people who have made money from this economy without contributing anything; people who make money by just playing on the exchange rates and commercial papers. It is these speculators that want the CBN Governor to be sacked.”
He added that the apex bank under the leader of Emefiele had succeed in blocking many drain pipes in the economy, by safe guarding the naira from decline.
The governor noted that were it not for the quick interventions of the nation’s apex bank, the economy would have run into troubled waters with the naira getting badly hurt and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the calls.
“The CBN governor has been firm in saying that we cannot open up the doors to all kinds of import of toothpicks, tomato paste and all sorts of things.
“You remember the publication where about 41 items were denied access to official forex? Now, these people, who have been feeding fat on our common patrimony, manipulating the exchange rate, moving monies across boundaries by pressing buttons and taking advantage of electronic wire transfers; these speculators are the once behind this campaign.”
Speaking earlier, the NUC Executive Secretary, urged universities to contribute meaningfully to their host communities.
Okogie enjoined the Edo State Governor to enlist the new university on the Nigerian Education and Research (NGren) platform.