A group of unknown armed men claiming to be from the oil-rich Niger-Delta approved Godwin Emefiele to run for presidency in 2023, declaring him the only reliable candidate.
The Niger Delta Freedom Reserve Force said the CBN ruler has the power to solve Nigeria’s problems if elected, according to a propaganda video broadcast by the party on Thursday.
The video shows six men, dressed in white, heavily armed while stating their demands.
“We are tired of recycling politicians in the system,” the group said. “We have settled for the governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Ifeanyi Emefiele. If he is truly contesting, and the rumours are true, we believe that he will bring meaningful development and help the country get back on its feet.”
The group, which has not taken a break from public talks, said it was not a force against the Nigerian government or a divisive party. The men, however, promised to quote “donate weapons” if Mr Emefiele stepped down as president of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
A CBN spokesman did not return requests for comment on whether the governor had seen the video and his position.
Mr Emefiele was making films to join politics and run for the 2023 presidential election as a member of the ruling All Progressives Party, raising questions about the negative economic consequences of his unprecedented move.
But three weeks before the primaries of major political parties, Mr Emefiele has yet to publicly announce his 2023 campaign, which will force him to resign. Last month, what appeared to be campaign vehicles with a governor’s image appeared on the internet.