Naira redesign targets corrupt persons, terror financiers – Buhari
…Says govt’ll stabilise new notes supply soon
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Saturday, said the government’s currency swap is not meant to target innocent citizens but corrupt persons and terror financiers hoarding illicit monies.
He also assured Nigerians that the government will ensure that they and their businesses will face no harm from disruptions caused to the entire supply chain arising from the currency swap.
According to a statement signed on Saturday by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari was reacting to reports of long queues of people waiting for hours for their turn to deposit old notes and get new ones.
Last November, the Central Bank announced that it will redesign the N200, N500 and N1000 notes of the Naira.
It said the populace has until January 31, 2023, to return all old notes to commercial banks.
More so, most commercial banks and their automated teller machines still dispense the old notes to customers.
He said the changes had become necessary to prevent counterfeits, corruption, and terrorist funding and also to stabilize and strengthen the economy.
“While taking note that the poorest section of society is facing hardship as they often keep hard cash at home for various expenses, President Buhari gave strong assurances that the government will not leave them to their own fate.
“He reiterated that a number of initiatives by the Central Bank and all commercial banks are underway to speed up distribution of the new notes and do all that is necessary to forestall cash squeeze and chaos,” the statement read in part.
Tinubu cited the lingering fuel crisis and naira redesign by the Central Bank of Nigeria as part of the plot to scuttle the poll and his expected victory.
During the APC presidential campaign rally held at the MKO Abiola stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State, the former Lagos governor said in Yoruba “They don’t want this election to hold. They want to scuttle it.
“They have started coming up with the issue of ‘no fuel’. Don’t worry, if there is no fuel, we will trek to cast the vote.
“If you like, increase the price of fuel, hide the fuel or change the ink on the naira notes, we will win the election. We will use our PVCs (permanent voter cards) to take over the government from them; if they like, let them say there is no fuel, and we will trek there (polling booths).”