Central Bank Has My Support To Redesign, Replace Naira Notes; It Will Hit Those Who Buried Money In The Ground— President Buhari

President Buhari on Sunday said he gave the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) approval to redesign and replace N200, N500 and N1, 000 notes, effective December 15, 2022.

Buhari stated this in reaction to the outrage that greeted the announcement of the plan to introduce the redesigned Naira notes into circulation.

President Buhari who stated this in a statement issued through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu, said he was convinced that the economy stood to benefit from reduction in inflation, counterfeiting and excess cash in circulation. 

The President, according to a release said the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to launch new designs and replace high value Naira notes had his support and he was convinced that the nation will benefit from it. 

This President’s confirmation of his endorsement of the CBN’s move is coming on the heels of Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed’s declaration that the apex bank did not carry her ministry along in its plan to redesign and roll out new Naira notes.

Speaking in an Hausa radio interview with the renowned journalist, Halilu Ahmed Getso, and Kamaluddeen Sani Shawai, to be aired Wednesday Morning on Tambari TV on Nilesat, President Buhari said the reasons given to him by the CBN convinced him that the economy stood to benefit through reduction in inflation, currency counterfeiting and mopping up of excess cash from circulation.

He said he did not consider the period of three months for the change to the new notes as being short.

He said,” 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.”

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