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APC: May Lose 2023 Presidential Election Because Of Cashless Policy, Sagay Warns

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), on Sunday came down hard on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for trying to force the cashless policy on Ni­gerians.

Speaking exclusively with Daily Independent, Sagay, who backed the calls for the extension of the January 31 withdrawal date of the old notes, said most automated teller machines (ATM) are still dispensing the old notes while the new ones are not fully in circulation.

Describing CBN’s governor, Godwin Emefiele’s statement that there is no going back on the policy as brutish, un­civilised and barbaric, Sagay warned that the policy can create an economic disaster for Nigeria if not urgently ad­dressed.

Sagay particularly said the policy which is unpopular with many Nigerians may affect the fortunes of the ruling All Pro­gressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 general elections.

He said, “I am even angry that this government allows him to do that because it will make the APC unpopular. This hardship is being created under an APC government and election is just around the corner.

“I think Emefiele may be a mole from another party trying to create hatred for the APC. I don’t understand why he should bring this policy at this time when we are just few days to the general election.

“I don’t understand why this government should accept such a recommendation which is most unfavourable to them and their political chances in the forthcoming elections. For me, the whole thing is a disaster”.

Speaking further, he said the developed nations which Emefiele is trying hard to im­itate are still using notes as le­gal tender and do not introduce new notes in a hasty manner the way the CBN governor was going about it.

“I think the whole thing (cashless policy) is a disaster. I don’t like people trying to show off that they are very modern. You are introducing cashless policy bla la bla, you want to be like America. In America, they are still using cash. I was there this year. I used cash on many occasion.

“So, nobody is forcing you to adopt cashless policy. It is the African man that wants to im­itate and he does that in a very ignorant and uncivilised man­ner. Why is Emefiele trying to force people? Why is he putting deadline on the usage of the old currency?

“The deadline is almost here now yet the new curren­cy is not available. I have been withdrawing money and all I’m getting are the old notes.

“Why should he even tell me how much to withdraw from my own money? If I find the electronic transfer more con­venient, I will adopt it without anyone mounting pressure on me to do so.

“For example, I have ATM card now because it is conve­nient for me to use. It is a mat­ter of convenience, not usage of force. Africans tend to imitate in a brutish manner, using force without providing the facility that will make what they want to do possible. By doing so, they inflict hardship on societies. If we are not careful, this CBN policy can create an eco­nomic disaster for this coun­try”.

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