Primate Elijah Ayodele, the leader of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, has chastised the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku, for requesting that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, use the image of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the redesigned naira notes.
Primate Ayodele warned that Obasanjo’s image on the new naira would lead Nigeria to disaster and economic collapse.
Atiku made this statement on his Twitter page yesterday, while congratulating Obasanjo on leading an African Union, AU, team in resolving the Ethiopian crisis.
However, Primate Ayodele accused Atiku of promoting Obasanjo, whom he said can never like him.
Ayodele cautioned Buhari against listening to Atiku like he did to CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele on the naira redesign.
He said the naira would collapse beyond what it is now, and there would be hardship if Obasanjo’s image is engraved on the Naira note.
He said: “Why are you promoting Obasanjo? Promoting him is a doom to yourself; he cannot like you. Buhari should not listen to his advice because it will spell doom to our economy. The moment they put Obasanjo’s image on our currency, the economy will fail.
“Obasanjo’s image on our naira is like a disaster, catastrophe so I don’t know why Atiku made such a statement; he should quickly withdraw the statement. Is he using it for his campaign, or what? Will Obasanjo make him win? Will he make him president? Will that change the mind of Obasanjo towards him? Not at all; it’s wrong advice.
“This statement from Atiku is not articulate; it’s ‘Atiku-wrong, Atiku-failed” because the moment Obasanjo’s image on that money will bring hardship, and bankruptcy to our economy, the naira will collapse totally. Atiku doesn’t know what he is saying concerning this subject; you don’t need to play politics with our economy.
“President Buhari should not listen to Atiku the same way he listened to Emefiele. The naira redesign is like going from a frying pan to fire. We don’t need new currency or rebranding; this will no help us. We just need God to rescue our economy, redesign is not what we need, I pray God helps the leaders to understand.”
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