Emefiele’s best man to succeed Buhari, insists Northern Group | The Guardian Nigeria News

The United Northern Youth Forum (UNYF) has described the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Dr. Godwin Emefiele, as the best candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari due to his experience in the economic sector.

Addressing political actors in Birnin Kebbi yesterday, UNYF Director General Dr Ibrahim Bature said calls for Emefiele to challenge the presidency were due to his commitment to promoting economic activities and diversification of the economy from oil to agriculture.

“He was Governor of CBN under Goodluck Jonathan and is completing his eight years with Buhari. Emefiele has done a lot to improve the country’s economy,” he added.

The group also described the 60-year-old economist as the embodiment of the Sardauna of Sokoto, Ahmadu Bello.

“Agriculture was the mainstay of the Nigerian economy until the discovery of crude oil made us lazy and dependent. These are the reasons why the Nigerian economy is so backward and falling into a state of coma,” he added.

“To bring back the lost glory of Nigeria, the pride of the people of the North and to revive the economy, agriculture must be pursued with aggression and determination. Since the disappearance of Sardauna, the North has never had an individual who takes agriculture seriously and on any other sector like Emefiele,” said Bature.

The DG noted the agricultural initiatives of the CBN Governor to include the Anchor Borrower Program (ABP), the Commercial Agriculture Credit Program (CACS), the National Food Security Program (NFSP), the Investment in Agribusiness/Small and Medium Enterprises (AGSMEIS), Presidential Fertilizers (PFI), Industry/Manufacturing, Real Sector Support Facility (RSSF), Textile Sector Intervention Facility (TSIF ) and CBN-BOI Industry Funding.

The group’s spokesperson, Aliyu Sani, said statistics show that the robust growth recorded by the agricultural sector in the fourth quarter of 2020 helped the economy register its first growth in three quarters and emerge from recession.

Under the PBA, $2 billion of approximately $2.5 billion for key initiatives in the agriculture, manufacturing and mining services sectors would have been disbursed to more than three million farmers cultivating more than 4.7 million hectares of arable land in all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“In 2020 alone, N260 billion was disbursed to over 1.28 million farmers to support the cultivation of staples. Before the launch of PBA by Godwin Emefiele, there were only 15 standard rice mills in Nigeria; but today we have over 50 standard and integrated rice mills, mostly located in northern Nigeria, creating jobs and reducing unemployment,” Sani said.

Meanwhile, Kebbi State forum coordinator Abubakar Sambawa assured that Emefiele would get more than two million votes from the state, if he received the ticket.

Jennifer C. Burleigh