Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of complicity in on going naira scarcity affecting Nigerians, and the accruing hardship it has brought.
According to the CSOs, even when the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, said she was not aware of the policy, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele said President Muhammadu Buhari gave the directives.
The CSOs were reacting to a recent statement by the presidency absolving the president from blame at the hardship the naira redesign policy had brought on Nigerians
The CSOs said President Buhari must take the blame for the failure and the hardship imposed on Nigerians as a result of the naira policy.
“It clearly shows that Buhari is a poor manager in government. He does not have control and understanding of what he is supposed to do. The president cannot exonerate himself from the hardship Nigerians are going through.
“President Buhari has been quoted in several interviews as saying he likes the policy of the CBN and that it will be good. The president was the one who, after a meeting with the CBN governor, defended the policy. It is insensitive for such a man to exonerate himself.
The CSOs said the President Buhari needs to apologise to Nigerians because the policy has nothing to do with the fight against corruption; neither is it aimed at improving the economy. It is the poor masses that are suffering because the policy will not affect the big men; it is small scale businesses that have crashed. The president put Nigerians in harsh conditions.