The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai has called on Nigerians to keep spending the Old naira notes, a directive that is in defiance to the Federal Government’s Policy on the Currency Swap.
El-rufai, in a recent footage earlier this week, urged citizens to disregard the Central Bank’s directive and continue to transact with old denominations of the Naira notes. He said the policy will be reversed once APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu becomes president.
In his words; “Everyone, especially people in Kaduna should not be disturbed because of the Naira swap deadline,” said the Kaduna governor in the Hausa language. “Continue running your businesses and daily activities with whatever notes (old or new) you have.”
“We will make sure to address this problem as soon as we win the election. That will be the first issue to tackle if we win the election.”
It can be recalled that the new currency swap policy has jointly been condemned by majorly Loyalists of the Party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, with some claiming it’s a ‘calculated’ attempt to scuttle his ability to win the elections.
The CBN has disclosed that the old denominations of the N200, N500 and N1000 notes would cease to be Nigerian legal tender from February 10th as part of a wider plan to strengthen the naira. However, the new notes have conspicuously remained scarce.
Naira Redesign: “All the 36 states governors have unanimously agreed that like every country, let the old notes and the new notes be used side by side to such a time when the old notes have been systematically drawn out of circulation”
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In support of Tinubu, Elrufai rebels Buhari and CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele on Naira design .
“Nobody can dictate what we do here. Feb 10 deadline is not applicable to us. Buy & sell in old notes, & if anyone asks, tell them I said so.” El Rufaipic.twitter.com/BreVI4Sc0m
— Aliyah 💜 (@ccta03) February 8, 2023
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