Naira crisis: Emefiele’s crime more than electoral fraud, says Soyinka

Alade Abayomi ADeleke
Alade Abayomi ADeleke

Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has knocked the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, over the hardship that the new naira redesign policy and recent naira notes crisis plunged the entire country into.


Soyinka said this during an interview on Channels TV on Monday, stating that Emefiele’s crime was against humanity and even more than electoral fraud.


Soyinka accused the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), of allowing Emefiele throw Nigerians into suffering and reducing the country to a state of despondency.


He said, “Emefiele has committed a crime against humanity, over and beyond even any electoral mago mago (foul play).


“He struck at the heart of the subsisting survival principles, minimal needs and entitlements of the ordinary people in the street.


“Don’t bully me. Don’t take my voice away. Don’t take my economic potential away, my economical entitlements. Don’t throw me on the mercy of sadists like Emefiele.


“He and his boss, Buhari, because ultimately responsibility rests with him [Buhari] to have allowed this to happen. But he [Emefiele] is the expert. He’s the one who gives the advice, he’s the one who executes the policies.


“Even a few days ago, when I sent a text to the bank and a cheque came back, they had no cash.


“One of the bankers eventually brought me something from his own stash and explained to me what had been going on, how they would sit and wait for money to come.


“You can’t buy a newspaper. You can’t buy guguru (popcorn) and epa (grounduts), which means that you cannot pay for the plantain; which means that the farmer cannot even pay for transportation of the goods from his farm to the [markets].”

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