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Nigerians Can Have ‘Heart Attack’- Emiefele Hits Back At Critics

Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emiefele has reacted to the whirlwind of criticism trailing his continuous stay in office amid his rumoured presidential ambition ahead of 2023.

The CBN Governor made the remarks while addressing the newsmen shortly after his meeting with president Muhammadu Buhari at the villa. 

When asked to comment on the controversies surrounding his status as CBN Governor and alleged interest in the race to Aso Rock ahead of 2023, Emiefele simply replied: “Let them have heart attack. It is good to have a heart attack.”

This is as he said that despite the current outrage by Nigerians, the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, and the international community, he is “having fun.”

Emefiele’s assertion comes barely 24 hours after the President ordered members of his cabinet vying for various elective positions to resign on or before May 16, 2022.

 Also, a circular signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, with reference number SGF/OP/ I/S.3/XII/ 173, titled, ‘Ministers, heads of government agencies, ambassadors and other appointees with political ambitions to resign’, ordered all heads of agencies, departments, parastatals, and ambassadors with political ambitions to resign.

Last Friday, a group of farmers and businesspersons had purchased the N100m presidential nomination forms of the ruling All Progressive Congress for Emefiele, a move he said he did not influence.

The CBN Governor had earlier gone to court to challenge the Public Service Rule that requires public office holders to resign their positions before contesting elective positions.

Asked to respond to reports that Buhari had directed him to resign, Emefiele said, “There is no news now, but there will be news. You heard me, I said there is no news but there will be news”.

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