Low turnout mars attempt to hold ‘Occupy CBN’ protest in Abuja

Low turnout mars attempt to hold ‘Occupy CBN’ protest in Abuja

By Mariam Sanni, Amina Isah , Abuja

A protest march against the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), on the state of the nation’s foreign exchange and the economy at large billed to hold on Friday did not take place as planned

The convener of the protest march, Mr Deji Ayanju had arrived at the proposed take off point at about 8:30am with about 7 placards carried by young men and women.

It was supposed to be a follow up protest to the one earlier staged on the 13th of January 2017.

They had complained then of how price of commodities had gone up as a result of recession.

On Friday, having waited for about half an hour and getting wearied without a meaningful number to carry on with the protest, the gathering started to thin out just before 10am.

The protesters are pressuring the CBN to allow the Naira float and to abolish the list of 41 items not eligible for foreign exchange through the inter-bank foreign exchange market.

The convener of the group, Mr Deji Adeyanyu said that their mission was to seek explanation from the authorities of the apex bank on the economic challenges confronting the country presently.

Also Dr. John Dan Fulani, spokesperson of the group in an interview with AljazirahNigeria said that the policies are not ‘really helping the country.’

He explained that they returned in order to remind the authorities of their position as Nigerians.

‘’We came with four pages’ document enumerating our own thinking of how the economy should be run on monthly policy.’’ he said.

However, there was no one from the CBN to attend to the requests of the group, it was gathered.

When contacted, the spokesman of the CBN, Issac Okorafor, dismissed the demands of the group saying that they are being sponsored by unpatriotic and self-serving individuals who never wished the country well.

Okorafor said that Nigerians have since realised the antics of those selfish individuals as enemies of Nigerians whose sole aim is to fulfil their ulterior motives.

“How much of foreign exchange have they brought into the country since June 2016 when the Naira was allowed to float to its current range?” he asked.

‘’Rather than joining the CBN and other agencies of government to take the country out of the current situation, they are busy sponsoring gullible groups to protest,’’ he said.

According to him, abolishing the list of 41 items would mean destroying the livelihood of millions of Nigerian farmers and genuine manufacturers who have made huge investments in the cultivation and local manufacturing of those importable items.

He said despite the fact that protest was a legitimate right of every Nigerian, he appealed to all to preserve the nation and show understanding of the country’s economic challenges.

 

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