Some Nigerians are reportedly protesting outside the Central Bank of Nigeria’s headquarters over the new naira notes policy, calling for the resignation and detention of the governor, Godwin Emefiele.
The demonstrators, who were seen at the headquarters of the top bank waving banners, claimed that Emefiele had subjected Nigerians to unjust hardships that had purportedly resulted in the deaths of many Nigerians.
Until their demands were satisfied, the group allegedly vowed to occupy the apex bank’s property.
Some of the inscriptions on their placards read, “Emefiele Must Go”; “CBN Now Bureau De Change”; “Emefiele Bring Out The Names of Those You Gave Our Money To”; “Where Is The 500 Billion You Cried on Tape Is Missing?”; “What Happened To Anchor Borrowers Programme and many others?”
Addressing journalists, the convener of the protest, George Uboh, said;
We are demanding that Godwin Emefiele in his capacity as the Governor of CBN should make available the new naira notes. He must also come out here to address the people because the Supreme Court in its ruling pronounced that the new naira notes policy has caused the Nigerian masses undue hardship.
He emphasised that genocide may be committed without the use of weapons and that the CBN’s monetary policy action amounted to genocide.
Uboh also said that the Supreme Court decision ordering the CBN to release the new naira notes impacted their protest, and he also referred to Emefiele’s administration’s policy as “insensitive” in his criticism of it.
Uboh stated that they have a well-rehearsed plan to demand Emefiele’s detention and trial for crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.
He went on to say that having two legal tender systems operating simultaneously in a nation was treasonous and bemoaned how the strategy had destroyed the nation’s small enterprises.
To prevent any potential breakdown of law and order, security personnel, including the Nigerian Army, the Police, and Department of State Services personnel, are said to have ringed the CBN building.