FG must stop bullying Govs over $2.1b refund – Orbih
National Vice Chairman Southsouth of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, has asked the Federal Government to stop bullying Governors over the $2.1 billion refund of the budget support loan.
He also said Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki should not be vilified for revealing the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari printed N60 billion to augment the March allocation to the three tiers of government.
Orbih, the immediate two-term chairman of Edo PDP, spoke in Benin on Monday while receiving the visiting youths led by Oyo Speaker Debo Ogundoyin.
The PDP chieftain said: “I will like to use this opportunity to say something about the outburst of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, over the sad revelations by the Edo State governor that the Federal Government printed N60 billion to be able to make up the money required to pay their statutory allocations to the various tiers of government.
“The outburst was political. I will like to condemn the CBN Governor’s remarks, because he said so much, without convincing Nigerians about the economics to make the decision to print N60 billion to meet the statutory allocations. That was a public admission that all is not well with our economy. No government can sustain the economy of a country with that type of abuse
“It is time for us as a country to make it very clear that whoever assumes the office of CBN Governor should have his loyalty to the people of our country and not the government.
“That is why we must take seriously, the revelations by Governor Obaseki. It is my hope that very soon, the CBN will come out clearly to tell Nigerians that it has what it takes to bail us out of this predicament.
“Emefiele’s admission that we are in a very serious financial mess is a loud message, even to foreign investors, that Nigeria is a no-go area, as far as investments are concerned.
“You cannot send that type of message and at the same time you want to bully those who are genuinely concerned about what is happening in our country today, by threatening to ask states that borrowed money to pay up immediately.”