From Fred Itua, Abuja
Civil society organisation African Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR) has warned that the supreme court exparte order temporarily halting the move by the federal government to ban the use of the old naira notes from February 10 is capable of undermining the credibility of the general elections if not vacated.
The group in a statement by its strategic communication consultant Abubakar Isa lamented that despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve for credible polls and peaceful transition, some vested interests and greedy Politicians are hell-bent on ensuring this doesn’t come to pass.
The group urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to file an urgent preliminary objection on jurisdiction grounds so that the apex court can vacate this order.
The statement reads: “Just two days ago we hailed the high court order restraining the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele and twenty-seven listed commercial banks from suspending, stopping, extending or interfering with the currency redesign terminal date of February 10th.
“This order of the Court which we thought has rendered futile all behind the scene efforts especially by Governors of some states to force the hand of the President to reverse the policy is being overruled by the Supreme Court.
“The behaviour of Justices of the Supreme Court lately is quite questionable. One wonders if the judiciary is actually the last hope of the common man or the last hope of the elites. We urge the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to file an urgent preliminary objection on jurisdiction ground so that the apex court can vacate this order.”