‘Don’t blame me for economic hardship’ – CBN governor tells Nigerians

Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Yemi Cardoso, has declared that himself and his team are not responsible for the current economic hardship in the country.

Cardoso made this known at the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the apex bank in Abuja on Tuesday.

Politics Nigeria reports that this is the first since Cardoso assumed office in September 2023.

The CBN governor, however, said the CBN is taking the necessary steps to get the country’s fiscal and monetary health back to normal.

Nigeria is battling rising inflation, food inflation, forex crisis, economic hardship and high cost of living occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidy, attracting protests in parts of the country.

Cardoso said the MPC identified non-monetary factors driving inflation such as the persisting insecurity and infrastructure deficit and noted the role of fiscal policy in addressing the shortfall.

Cardoso was responding to a question that the CBN was responsible for the current economic challenges faced by Nigerians.

He said: “I laugh at that question but it’s not a laughing matter. And I think it is very important for Nigerians to understand that the Central Bank Governor — I and my team — are not responsible for the woes that we have today; we are part of the solution.

“We are determined to ensure that we work hard to get out of the mess that Nigeria is in. We assumed responsibility in a time of crisis of confidence; there was a crisis of confidence and you may all want to go to bed and wish that crisis of confidence was not there but it was, and we can’t turn back the clock.

“All we can do is do the difficult things to make a bad situation better and I do believe that the efforts that we are making are beginning to bring back confidence because to be frank, without confidence in your business, you are not going to get far.”

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