President Muhammadu Buhari has said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has his backing to redesign some naira notes.
Mr Buahri said the country has a lot to gain from the change in naira notes, saying he did not consider the period of three months for the change to the new notes as being short.
”People with illicit money buried under the soil will have a challenge with this but workers, businesses with legitimate incomes will face no difficulties at all,” Buhari said.
On October 26, Godwin Emefiele, governor of the CBN, announced the plan to redesign the naira to control the money supply and aid security agencies in tackling illicit financial flow.
Reacting to the development, Ms Zainab Ahmed, minister of finance, said the fiscal authorities were not consulted by the CBN.
“We are also looking at what the consequences will be. There will be some benefits but there are some challenges. I don’t know if the monetary authorities have looked very closely at what the consequences are and how they can be mitigated,” Ms Ahmed said.
In response to the minister’s claim, the CBN spokesperson, Osita Nwanisobi, said the apex bank sought the approval of the president in line with provisions of Section 2(b), Section 18(a), and Section 19(a)(b) of the CBN Act, 2007.
Speaking further, President Buhari said Nigerians with legitimate sources of income have nothing to fear for the naira redesign.
According to Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesperson, Buhari disclosed this while speaking in a Hausa radio interview with Halilu Ahmed Getso and Kamaluddeen Sani Shawai.
Mr Shehu also announced that the full interview will be aired on Wednesday Morning on Tambari TV on Nilesat.
The President said reasons given to him by the CBN convinced him that the economy stood to benefit from the reduction in inflation, currency counterfeiting, and the excess cash in circulation.
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