The Peoples Democratic Party has asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to sack Nigeria’s finance minister, Zainab Ahmed, over the alleged printing of N60 billion by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The party in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, condemned the attempt by the Buhari-led regime to deny the printing of N60 billion by the CBN.
The PUNCH had reported that Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki had raised the alarm that FG printed N60bn to support the March allocation to states.
But the finance minister denied the claim, saying that it is untrue.
Later, the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, gave a hint that the money could have been printed to support the economy.
The PDP alleged that “the admission by CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, that the apex bank has been printing money at the bidding of government, has vindicated its earlier stand that the Buhari-led APC administration is characterized by concealments, deceit, and falsehood”.
The PDP flays the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, for attempting to mislead Nigerians.
Part of the statement read, “Governor Obaseki, as a financial expert, who is not known for flippancy, must be commended for his act of patriotism in exposing the dire economic situation our nation has been plunged under the Buhari administration.
“A situation where the Federal Government cannot articulate and implement policies favourable to wealth creation but resorting to borrowing and indiscriminate printing of currency notes, only goes to further confirm that the Buhari administration lacks the credibility and capacity to run a nation.
“Indeed, the admission by the CBN governor that “Nigeria is unfortunately in a very bad situation” further justifies our position that the Buhari-led APC administration has wrecked the economy of our nation.
“Our party is worried over the huge negative impact of indiscriminate printing of currency which has led to the unprecedented rise in inflation rate to 18.17% as disclosed by the Bureau of National Statistics on Thursday.
“This situation has led to further economic hardship with surging prices and fallen purchasing power throwing millions of families in distress and unable to afford the basic necessities of life.
“The PDP calls out President Buhari to come clean on the amount that has been printed so far by the CBN to finance the deficit caused by the financial mismanagement of his government as well as what the funds had been used for.
“Furthermore, for failing the full disclosure test, the PDP demands that the Minister of Finance should immediately be relieved of her position, while the President accepts responsibility for the indiscriminate printing of currency in our naira.