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2023: Arewa groups mobilise support for Emefiele’s presidential race

By Murtala Adewale, Kano
03 April 2022   |   2:37 am
Ahead of the 2023 general election, some northern based groups, under the aegis of Arewa Youth Alliance for Emefiele, on Saturday declared readiness to mobilise millions

Godwin Emefiele PHOTO: Twitter/CBN

Ahead of the 2023 general election, some northern based groups, under the aegis of Arewa Youth Alliance for Emefiele, on Saturday declared readiness to mobilise millions of youths across northern states to support the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele if he finally decided to join the presidential race.

Besides, the groups vowed to purchase expression of interest and nomination form for Emefiele to contest for the plum seat.

Leader and Convener of the alliance, Kabir Mukhtar, declared readiness and endorsement of the candidature of Emefiele at a special get-to-gether meeting organised by the group.

Kabir explained that the groups were convinced to call on Emefiele to contest for the exalt seat based on competence and track record, especially on the nation’s economy and other critical infrastructure.

According to him, “We are under no illusion as to the complexity and magnitude of the task that we have set for ourselves to call on Emefiele to declare interest and contest for President come 2023. Nigeria needs a leader that will work to solve our urgent concern and create a fairer, more economically vibrant nation.

On agriculture and food security, the group said CBN under the leadership of governor, has brought about interventions that boosted local production of agricultural products and enhancing food security.

“For instance, under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP), the CBN has financed over 4.8 million farmers that have cultivated 5.3 million hectares across 21 commodities through 23 participating financial institutions in the 36 states of the federation and FCT. Even critics acknowledge the fact that progress has been made in this direction.

“With regards to human capacity development, to bridge the financing gaps, enhance access to low-cost credit to drive development of young businesses, Emefiele, on Nov 25, 2021, formally launched the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES)”.

On COVID-19, the group said, “CBN under Emefiele worked with the fiscal authorities in instituting strong policy support measures capped under the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), which was designed to contain the effects of the pandemic, restore stability to the economy by helping households and businesses affected by the pandemic and to lift our economy out of the woods through massive interventions to critical sectors.”

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