A civil society group, The Natives, has warned that the current face-off between the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and the Department of State Security Service, DSS, was being fueled by some desperate politicians to sabotage the 2023 elections.
The group made this known on Wednesday in Abuja while addressing a joint press conference alongside other Civil Society Organisations, youth groups, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and lawyers, among others.
The leader of the group, Smart Edwards, expressed worries that certain Nigerians are being hog-washed into another debacle of non-existing threats to the CBN.
It said the apex bank by its mandate is empowered to deepen policies that would help grow and stabilize the naira and the economy.
He said as a citizens-led anti-sabotage organisation, it was fully motivated and committed to free and fair elections.
The group stated: “We are fully aware of saboteurs in nocturnal meetings, preparing to scandalise and blackmail persons of high reputation as a precursor to sponsor protests across the country, this has already failed because we will resist.
“On the recent debacle between the DSS and the CBN, these are two institutions that will be saddled with our elections, therefore, we can see fifth columnists and emergency activists mixing up within politicians to rubbish institutions that should be apolitical.”
The group stressed that President Muhammadu Buhari had given clear body language readable by all parties including his own, of an unmistakable resolve and determination to ensure free and fair elections.