Recession: Protesters pass vote of confidence on Buhari, Emefiele


About 500 protesters under the aegis of Coalition of Civil Society Groups on Thursday marched in Abuja, and passed a vote of no confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his economic team, specifically the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

The protesters also appealed to the Niger Delta militants, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and other aggrieved groups in the country to sheath their swords and allow government to work.

They were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions: “In unity we will overcome recession”, “Say no to agents of distabilization’, ‘Naira will bounce back’, ‘Give change a chance’, ‘We stand with Buhari and Emefiele’, among others.

Speaking during the rally at the Tafawa Balewa Road, Area 11, Abuja, the president of the coalition, Bassey Williams, said it was so unfortunate that some faceless group with clandestine motive, were doing protest against the Nigerian government over current hard time.

According to him, one of the best things that have happened to the present administration is the role being played by the CBN governor in bringing the Naira to be at a very favourable position in the global economic market.

He maintained that people rushed to the media to castigate the Department of State Security (DSS) over the arrest of some Judges, when they were ignorant of the fact of the matters, adding that Nigerians were fully in support of the efforts of the PMB to eradicate corruption in Nigeria.

According to him, “We are here today to demonstrate to Nigerians that we are fully in support of the economic think-tank of the President.

“We are passing the vote of confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari, the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun and other members of his team.

“We want to say that we are in support of what DSS has done so far. We cannot and would not encourage corruption, corruption must die.

“If there is corruption, Nigeria will not strive, our economic will go down, and that is why we are in full support of the President’s anti-corruption war.

“And we want to urge all Nigerians especially the media to support this fight against corruption, to support the government of President Buhari to take Nigeria out of the recession.

“We want to appeal to the Niger Delta militants to sheath their swords, we want to appeal to agitators of the Biafra Republic to sheath their swords and embrace peace and unity, in oneness we strive.”

Bassey further noted that people who had looted the treasury of the country and brought her to her kneel could not turn to be advocate of economic growth overnight, adding that calling for the removal of Emefiele is unjustifiable.

“It would be an insult on our collective intelligence if those responsible for the present state of our economy have suddenly turned advocates of rapid economic growth and development through the use of media propaganda and campaign of calumny against you government in a bid to discredit the good work of our economic team,” he said.


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  • mameh jeremiah

    some people are sicking for government positions that y they in support of this
    hardship how kind u pass vote of confidence for present situation, we need God intervention in this country

    • david


      • mameh jeremiah

        professor david

  • Oba Adéoyè First

    Is it Vote of NO Confidence or Vote OF Confidence. Editor, check and correct.

  • henry

    Nigeria will be great again PMB carry go.Fixing the economy is not a tea party and economy that will endure cannot be fix over night. All oil dependent economy nations are going through hardship now not Nigeria alone . Saudi Arabia had reduced their official salaries by 50%, they have changed the payment of their salary to Gregory calendar which is longer than lunar calendar they were using before, all to fix their economy.It is only the mischievous elements that are blaming this government for what is not their fault.

  • Ahmed m sabitu

    Vote of confidence to this government? I’m very much sure these people are hired to protest by the most useless CBN governor ever in the whole world

  • Naza Okpoku

    We can see the fingerprints of the most corrupt and incompetent CBN Governor in the history of Nigeria. This is how he spends his time and Nigeria’s resources trying to cover his incompetence, and hang on to his plum job by playing dirty politics of sycophancy. How sad for Nigeria!

  • These protestors are “Basket of Deplorable” that don’t represent the majority of Nigerians. A buhari team that led us into an historic recession?. The groan and suffering in the land are beyond words.

    • Sam

      Most Nigerians are with them . Buhari is still better than the kleptomaniac we use to have before now

      • I’ll believe what you said about buhari if he returns the $2.8 billions that vanished from NNPC and traced to his personal account while he was at NNPC. Or the looted money he accepted to finance his election.

        • Arabakpura

          Wait until you become the president to recover those monies

        • Samadani

          Yeye dey smell!

    • Arabakpura

      You can speak that English with Hilary Clinton; there are no Trumps in Nigeria!

    • Jb

      Yes this is how we got into recession, it did not just happen, for 16 years PDP enjoyed 2.2m barrels daily at above 100usd/pb. However,they left Nigerians with Boko Haram, Kidnapping for ransom, darkness, deplorable condition of roads, closed universities due to continues ASU strike, economy built on consumption and importation, do or die election, above all corruption in all facet of our live including army, judiciary, legislature and executive, custom services, immigration services, police etc. It is only children who used proceed of corruption to pay their school fees and their parents who looted Nigerian resources that are still in support of PDP.

  • Arabakpura

    We will like all Nigerians except the members of the PDP to support the government of President Buhari! It shall be well with Nigeria!

  • Charles

    Please answer these questions: (1) what year did recession occur in Nigeria?. (2) who was Nigerian president then?, (3) which party was in Power?