MATTERS ARISING FROM CBN GOVERNOR GODWIN EMEFIELE RUMOURED PRESIDENTIAL AMBITION
One has tried very hard not to join the public verbal & pen exchanges on this matter, but the more one tries not to, the more one’s inner instinct pops out admonishing, and to borrow from the title of a Nobel laureate, “The man dies in him who keeps silent in the “face of mob sentiments and emotions, against fact, logic and rationality”, hence am throwing my hat into the ring. Please note that the latter quote is my own coinage.
One thing, I learnt early in life and which one has decided to permanently hold on to as a life principle, is to speak one’s mind on issues even in the face of abuse, assault, Intimidation and blackmail, so long as one’s conviction is based on the consciousness of thoughts process, even if am standing alone, apology to late Chief Gani Fawehinmi who shared a similar quote while alive.
Only yesterday the public space was set on fire by the purchase of the APC presidential nomination form by some rice farmers which a section of the media termed, friends of the CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele for his rumoured 2023 presidential ambition.
Since yesterday, the issue has continued to set tongues wagging with a lot of persons calling for his dismissal from office or immediate resignation because by purchasing the presidential nomination form of a party, he has engaged in partisan politics and violated the oath of his office which is a crime against the laws of the land.
A sitting governor and member of the ruling party Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has even joined the fray in calling for the resignation of the CBN governor for that singular act which amounts to a violation of the constitution.
While one is not unmindful of the calls from various quarters condemning the CBN governor, some questions suffice which one would like us all to ponder about because they are very germane to enriching our public discourse on the matter which ought to be rooted solely on facts, rationality and logic. They are:
1. Since the calls for Godwin Emefiele for President in 2023 has been in the public space, do we have any iota of evidence linking him to those calls?
2. Has Mr. Emefiele either by commission or omission engaged in any act synonymous with his rumoured presidential ambition, do we have proofs?
3. Those that purchased the APC presidential nomination form on behalf of Mr. Emefiele, do we have any evidence to substantiate that they are linked to him or that he is the one funding them?
4. Since the political parties sale of nominations forms to willing aspirants, we have seen pictorials of aspirants themselves and even those on whose behalf the forms were purchased for, publicly displaying the forms to exhibit their aspirations, can anyone provide evidence of Mr. Emefiele brandishing for photo-ops such forms?
5. Are we saying that, by some people, adults for that matter, going out of their way to purchase a political party nomination form, for a sitting governor of the central bank of Nigeria (CBN), then the CBN governor is to be held responsible for the “offence” committed on his behalf by that act, in the absence of any fact to substantiate his complicity?
6. Does our law recognize that someone can undertake an action, for which even when there is no evidence of the other party being complicit, we should hold the other party as liable for the action?
Before we go further, let me make it clear here, that am not here to defend Emefiele or asserting that if he has in anyway purchased the nomination form of a political party and thereby engaged in partisan politics either personally or by proxy, that he is not liable for violation of his oath of office. No, that is not what I mean here, what am doing here is to ask for evidence and facts to substantiate. By the way, what happens if tomorrow, Mr. Emefiele comes out and denounce those who are campaigning for him and even bought his form, as acting on their own, that he knows nothing about it?
As far as one knows, societies makes progress when people dissects issues on the basis of fact, evidence, rationality and logic which have foundation unlike emotions and sentiments which doesn’t, but have dominated discussions on this matter. Like we say in our local parlance, if you want to catch a thief, you hold him by the wrist and not by the elbow, lest he escape.
This case reminds me of one of the cases at the Lagos State judicial panel on EndSARS & the 20th October 2020 Lekki tollgate incident, where the EndSARS protesters organizers petitioned the panel and in their testimony on the 20th of October 2020 incident, claimed that after the military left the tollgate, that the DPO of Maroko police station dressed in white Jalabia came with his men and opened fire on innocent protesters, killing and injuring some of them.
When asked if they can identify the DPO in person, the petitioners said no, on if they have any photo or video evidence to corroborate their allegations against the DPO, the petitioners replied again in the negative. When asked how they came to know that the man alledged in white Jalabia who led policemen according to their statement, was the DPO, the petitioners replied that some persons living in the shanties told them so. Please note, the petitioners were unable to produce the so called persons who claimed to have identified the white Jalabia man as the DPO to come and testify.
Lo and behold, the panel summoned the DPO to appear and he honoured the invitation. When confronted with the allegation of being dressed in white Jalabia and leading his men to shoot at innocent protesters, the man denied and said he was nowhere near the tollgate on the day of the incident. The DPO then asked the panel to make his accusers produce whether photo or video evidence to corroborate their story. The DPO went further to educate the panel that white Jalabia is not the uniform of the Nigeria police and even going further, that it is only a foolish man who will wear a Jalabia to such an environment because of the tensed and security threatening atmosphere, that if crisis erupts, how will such a person be able to run for his life? That even as a DPO, he is just a human being who has only one life and so with his security training, he won’t do such.
But surprisingly in it’s recommendations on the matter which defied logic, evidence and rationality, the panel abacadabrally recommended the trial of the DPO and his men for shooting and injuring peaceful protesters, even when no iota of evidence was produced to substantiate the allegations against him, but to the glory of God, the Lagos State government white paper rejected the illogical recommendations due to lack of evidence and fact to substantiate.
On this Godwin Emefiele matter, one is a a realist who deals with issues on the basis of facts and logic and not emotions and mob mentality. Till date, Mr. Emefiele is yet to utter a word or seen displaying any act or action over his rumoured presidential ambition which would have amounted to a violation of his oath and so unlike some, for me, his ambition is still a rumour, there is no fact to substantiate, he is yet to be in default of his oath.
Only and when the form is submitted and Mr Emefiele appends his signature on the form,will it be confirmed with the facts of the signature that truly, he has brazenly violated his oath and should be removed and prosecuted according to law.
For now, Mr. Emefiele, as far as we are concerned, your presidential ambition is just a mere rumour, nothing more.