‘Why Senate should not confirm Emefiele’
…as former APC chieftain demands explanations on missing N500bn from CBN’s coffer
The erstwhile deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, on Monday urged Nigerian Senate to withhold the confirmation of Mr. Godwin Emefiele for second term as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Frank in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja premised his plea to the Senate on the leaked audio, published by an online medium, Sahara Reporters on Sunday, which exposed how N500 billion missed under the watch of CBN boss.
According to him, it will amount to disservice to the nation if the red chamber goes ahead on Emefiele’s confirmation without the public know how such a huge of amount of money disappeared from the treasury.
“In recent times, the media has been been awashed with so many revelations concerning the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, ranging from the role he played in the money ‘illegally‘ approved for a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki to the recent revelation by Dr George Uboh-led Whistleblowers Network, where it was alleged that $2.5billion dissapered under his watch.
“Emefiele must come clean on this audio as well as other issues as it bothers on alleged corrupt practices under his watch. I am happy with the dispatch with which the CBN responded to the leaked audio conversation,” Frank said.
He added, “However, I did not expect anything less than the denial. It is trite that ‘one cannot be a judge in his own case’. Therefore, Let the relevant agencies of government as well as the National Assembly investigate these allegations with great in-depth.
“If the CBN is saying the beginning part of the conversation was omitted, can they provide Nigerians with the full and authentic audio conversation in the interest of transparency and good governance.
“I implore the CBN governor to defend these allegations by himself as he remains a public servant and therefore answerable to the Nigerian people. Anything short of this will amount to covering up.
“I hereby call on the Senate to stand for Nigeria as they have always done. The Senate must not play with the mandate of Nigerians by attempting to confirm Emefiele in the face of this damning allegations. Any attempt to do that will amount to the Senate being complicit on the matter.
“However, having stood firm in the non-confirmation of Ibrahim Magu of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), based on the report from a security agency, I have no doubt that the Senate will do the right thing in this instance.
“I also call on the EFCC to quickly act on these revelations as they have done in the case of Saraki, the president of the Senate by inviting Emefiele to explain his role in the leaked audio as well as other allegations against him that are now in public domain. If all these figures and amount is confirmed, it will be the mother of all corruption in recent times.
“I implore the EFCC to approach this particular case the same way they are approaching Saraki’s case. Where, properties that were subject of litigation upto the Supreme Court level (where Saraki was discharged and acquitted) is being investigated all over again.True to their words’Nobody is above the law as stated in Saraki’s case’. Please ,apply the same principle here.
“Then, if the EFCC fails to investigate the case at hand, it will become clear that the anti-corruption war is merely a witch hunt on the opposition.
“Let me use this medium to call on the President and the Vice President in particular who is the habit of accusing the previous government of massive corruption to act swiftly on all these allegations and show that he is a true vanguard of anti corruption drive.
“I hope the President on his part, will not defend Emefiele as he did in the case of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State?
“I implore the President to withdraw Emefiele’s nomination to allow for an in-depth investigation of the allegations against the CBN boss.
“Nigerians and members of the international community are watching how this classical case of alleged corrupt practices will be handled.
“The Presidency, the Senate and all other relevant agencies must not play politics with this as it is capable of negatively affecting the economy and investors confidence.”