FG Knocks Opposition Parties For Going To Court, Says They Are Not Mindful Of The Plight Of Nigerians

FG Knocks Opposition Parties For Going To Court, Says They Are Not Mindful Of The Plight Of Nigerians
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government, on Tuesday, slammed opposition political parties for going  to court to restrain President Muhammadu Buhari from stopping, extending or interfering with the naira swap deadline date.

The government, which accused the parties of politicising the situation, said the parties were not mindful of the plight of Nigeriansdue to the cash crunch.

It will be recalled that a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory had restrained President Muhammadu Buhari, the Central Bank of Nigeria {CBN}, its Governor Godwin Emefiele and 27 commercial banks from suspending, stopping, extending or interfering with the currency swap terminal date.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while speaking at the 23rd edition of the PMB Administration Scorecard Series (2015-2023), in Abuja,  said the action by the political parties was unscrupulous.

He said: “Recall that after his (Buhari’s) meeting with the Progressives Governors’ Forum on Friday, President Buhari urged the citizens to give him a seven-day window to resolve the currency crunch that has emanated from the implementation of the naira redesign policy.

“Unfortunately, on Monday, some opposition political parties ran to court to obtain an injunction restraining Mr President and the CBN from extending the February 10 deadline for Nigerians to exchange their old notes for new ones.”

According to Mohammed, the court action came after a number of opposition parties threatened to boycott the 2023 general elections if the deadline was extended.

“These curious actions by the parties concerned are a clear evidence that the opposition has turned this whole issue into a political game, preferring to make Nigerians suffer more on the altar of an unconscionable political gamesmanship.

“Or how else can one explain the fact that these unscrupulous opposition parties do not want any action that could reduce the pains being experienced by Nigerians?

“How else can one explain the fact that they have decided to legally hamstring Mr President, in particular, from providing any relief for Nigerians suffering from the cash crunch?”

The minister insisted that it was bad politics when one puts the interest of desperate political parties over and above that of Nigerians, stating that despite the antics of the opposition, the government was willing and able to take decisive steps to bring succour to Nigerians in the shortest possible time.

Mohammed also added the Federal Government was mindful of the inconveniences currently being endured by the citizens as a result of fuel supply disruptions and the recent redesigning of some naira notes.

“Government is working assiduously to restore normalcy to these critical enablers of economic activity and to take added measures, where necessary, to alleviate the pains of Nigerians,” the minister said.

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