It is unfortunate that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whom many of us through would do his best in arresting the decline of our economy, has rather chosen the path of playing dangerous politics with the same economy.

Emefiele has been at the centre of a battle for superiority between a pro-Tinubu cabal and the anti-Tinubu cabal in the Buhari presidency. The Central Bank chief had been accused of numerous sins, including, stealing more money than Nigeria had in circulation by one bad comedian in the House of Representatives. The DSS had sought to detain him during the Buhari regime, over what are obviously, trumped up charges of sponsoring terrorism and secessionists.

The botched cashless and Naira redesign policy, even though poorly implemented would have been one of the best things that could happen to Nigeria, but some people, including sitting governors made sure it was scuttled. Tinubu didn’t leave anyone in doubt that he felt that the policy was targeted against his election campaign. Everyone expected that one of his earliest actions would be to sack Emefiele, and he did not disappoint.

I felt and still feel that if Emefiele had committed any crimes or partaken, even in the smallest way, in the many things he was accused of, then he should be made to face the law, but with the news coming out of the courts, that after all these drama, the only thing the DSS could charge the former Zenith Bank chief for is illegal possession of arms.

When I first heard that Emefiele was charged for illegal possession of arms, I expected that a cache of arms was found in his house, but everything became more ludicrous when it became clear that the man only owned a single barrel gun. That is, the kind of gun our parents own in the village and almost every hunter has access to.

I would expect that if, after about a month of keeping the gentleman in the DSS dungeon and nothing could be found on him to prove the various damning allegations against him, then, the DSS should let him off the hook and apologize to him for the unwarranted embarrassment. Going ahead to charge him to court over allegation of owning a double barrel gun is disgraceful to our nation, coming from what is supposed to be the most elitist security and intelligence agency in the country.

Someone pointed out to me that he hopes this whole drama is not aimed at forcing him to resign from his position as CBN governor, so that Tinubu would have a free hand to select one of his kinsmen as the next governor of that apex bank? Nothing surprises me in this country, and as long as the charge remains what it is, any resignation from Emefiele will confirm this suspicion.

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By osibanews

Eliel Otote A is an Actor and Filmmaker, with a bias for journalism. He was a freelance feature writer with the Nigerian Observer in the 80's in Benin City, he also presented programmes on both radio and television. Eliel is the Editor and Publisher of OSIBAnews Network Magazine, of which this blog is an affiliate.


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