A pressure group known as Unified Northern Nigeria Youth Forum, UNNYF, has intensified pressure on the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Dr Godwin Emefiele to join the 2023 presidential race.
Addressing Newsmen in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital city, spokesman of the group, Aliyu Sani, said, the call became necessary because Emefiele has demonstration capability in boosting the country’s economy and strategic creativity towards addressing major challenges bedeviling Nigeria.
“There has been series of consultations and mass rallies across some states in the North, calling on Emefiele to join the race and contest for the office of president in the 2023 elections.
“We are here in Gusau to add to this call and mount this pressure further untill we have acceptance from Emefiele.
UNNYF said Emefiele had done well as CBN governor, adding that his policies have reflected in the growth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and created lots of employment in all states of the federation.
The spokesperson also said the Anchor Borrowers Scheme, an initiative of CBN under Emefiele had impacted positively on the lives of Nigerians including farmers in Zamfara State.
“With this brown revolution, the CBN seeks to cut about 60 per cent of this importation cost and has brought about 22.35 and 23.78 per cent growth in GDP in the first and second quarters of 2021 alone
“In addition, 150,000 farmers were beneficiaries cultivating 100,000 hectares of land. This has improved local production of rice in line with the mandate of the government to produce what we eat and eat what we produce.”
According to Aliyu, production of maize is another area where the people of Zamfara have benefitted immensely from the CBN’s policies under Emefiele’s watch.
Nigeria needs 2.5 million metric tonnes of Maize yearly to meet national demand, but only 1.4 million metric tonnes is produced. He said the provision of loans under the scheme had assisted maize farmers in the North-west, including Zamfara, to make up for the 1.1million metric tonnes shortage.
He added that, “Cotton is the third commodity to join the Anchor Borrowers Scheme after Rice and Maize, with over 5,000 cotton farmers securing loan in Kaura Namoda, Tsafe, Bungudu LGAs, to mention a few.
This has significantly improved cotton production in the state, among others.
“Millet farming has been supported and boosted by the ABP as well; 6,670 farmers in Zamfara State received seedling, fertiliser, herbicides, pesticides, water pumping machines and more with beneficiaries from 14 LGAs of the states, all thanks to the ABP. “With intervention from the CBN, aside Kaduna State, Zamfara is one of the top five states that produces maize in the country.
“It is on this ground that we, the youths of the north, came together because we have felt the impact of this hard working, de-tribaliised and dedicated gentleman’s revolution of the agricultural sector in the entire country.
“Since the demise of our founding fathers, no single individual has impacted on improving the lives of the downtrodden, making life better and easier for the northerners like Dr. Godwin Emefiele.
“It is on the strength of the above that we gathered to flag off this rally here in Zamfara state to enlighten the general public on the need to call on Emefiele to contest for the president of this Country.