By G9ija

An aide to the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Phrank Shaibu says that the inciting remarks made by some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are causing violence across the country.

Recall that Kaduna, Kogi, Zamfara, Lagos, Katsina, Cross River, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, and Sokoto had sued the federal government at the Supreme Courts over the ongoing cash crunch that has become a problem across the country because of the new naira policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State of the All Progressive Congress(APC) have however, rejected the federal government policy, urging banks in their respective states to accept the old naira notes or face sanctions.

Mr Shaibu who is the Special Assistant on Public Communications to Mr Atiku, in a statement on Monday, said that some APC governors’ inciting remarks in which they threatened to close banks if they refused to accept the old notes has emboldened rioters to burn down commercial banks.

He said “The president made it clear that the old N1,000 and N500 notes are no longer legal tender. Those who are dissatisfied with the president’s proclamation should go to court rather than resort to self-help. Two wrongs do not make a right.

“Governor Dapo Abiodun, who is the number one citizen of Ogun State, ought to know better. However, he has been threatening to revoke the C of O of banks that obey the President’s proclamation. This act of defiance has evoked rebellion, hence the riots and burning of banks in Sagamu, Abeokuta, and Mowe.

“In viral videos all over social media, agents of Governor Abiodun could be seen sharing the old notes in envelopes branded with the governor’s picture, convincing the supporters that the notes remain legal tenders contrary to the CBN policy.” he added.

Mr Shaibu further supported the claims of the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, accusing the APC chieftain, Adams Oshiomhole, of sponsoring the riots in Benin, the state capital.

“Oshiomhole is one of the biggest critics of the naira redesign policy. It is not surprising that Governor Obaseki, who is the chief security officer of the state, has established that Oshiomhole is behind the riots. The APC really needs to stop provoking these riots,” he said.

Mr Shaibu went on to call on the Nigeria Police Force, the Secret State Services, and other security agencies to infiltrate the ranks of those staging riots with a view to identifying their sponsors.