• I want to save Nigeria — Okorocha
A coalition group, the Green Alliance, has called on the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to run for the presidency in 2023, as his emergence would close the alleged marginalization gap of part of the country.
The group said that for peace to prevail, every section and region must have an equal opportunity to lead the country, saying this would quell unrest coming from any part of Nigeria.
The official, Wale Fapohunda, said that since Emefiele was appointed CBN Governor, he has built “a resilient financial system that can meet the development needs of the Nigerian economy”.
“During his first term, he oversaw an interventionist monetary policy at the behest of the presidency, supporting the naira by pumping billions of dollars into the foreign exchange market. It also introduced a multiple exchange rate regime to mask the pressure on the naira and avoid a series of devaluations,” he said.
In addition, All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential hopeful and former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Owelle Okorocha has said he is running for the number one position.
Okorocha, who represents Imo West Senatorial District, said he has declared his intention to run and become the next President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023.
He spoke yesterday during the investiture of the coordinators of the local councils of the Plateau in Jos.
Represented by the state coordinator of the presidential campaign of Rochas Okorocha in the Plateau, Umar Zuma, he declared: “It is the mandate of the people. I choose to respond to the restlessness of Nigerians calling for a credible alternative at this critical time to change the narrative and together we will build a new Nigeria…”
“We cannot mortgage the fate of our great country and overly incompetent and unpatriotic leaders in 2023. We must move forward and go further with our country to compete with any developed nation in this 21st century. “
“I know very well that Nigerians are worried and tired of the current situation and how we have regressed politically and even economically since the return to democracy in 1999. Now is the time to put things right. We need someone who is capable, detribalized, patriotic and has the political will to do what is necessary.
“I will not be the chairman of any political party nor the chairman of any branch or region but the ‘president of the people, for the people by the people’ where all Nigerians come before anything else.
“I am very optimistic that Nigeria will bounce back and take its place in Africa and the world under my leadership. I am ready and fully prepared for this great task, I know we are in the middle of the sea and I have the compass to redirect our great ship on the right track. Our industries, tourist sites, schools, hospitals, roads, government institutions, etc. have entered a coma, they will all be repaired and upgraded. I have the model to carry out the mandate focused on the people in Nigeria.
Fapohunda continued, “Emefiele has designed banking policies and programs that have supported job creation and fostered inclusive growth, in addition to key macroeconomic concerns such as inflation and exchange rate stability.
“The CBN Governor has worked closely with the country’s revenue authorities to ensure economic stability in Nigeria through his intervention in critical sectors of the Nigerian economy.
“He also came up with new strategies to navigate the Nigerian economy through hurdles such as the challenge of foreign exchange inflows, exchange rate, economic recession, stagflation, financial inclusion and rising poverty. value chain of majority of crops in Nigeria.
He noted that while some people might challenge his choice on the grounds that a good understanding of economic policies alone “is not enough to lead a country as diverse as Nigeria”.
Okorocha continued, “Our youth will not be relegated by my government because the engine room of any developed society is the youth. Enough of using our charismatic young men and women and throwing them away only to choose them when they are needed for a short term mission. It will stop on my watch. All the nations of the earth are fully aware that the best brains are in Nigeria and we must not allow them to be wasted.
“Now is the time to engage our young people in meaningful activities and also to build and empower our women politically, socially and economically, so they can stand anywhere in the world.”