President Muhammadu Buhari says the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has his backing to redesign the naira notes.
According to the president, Nigeria has a lot to gain from the change in naira notes. He added that 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 money supply and aid security agencies in tackling illicit financial flow.
Less than 48-hours after, 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,” she had said.
In response to the minister’s claim, Osita Nwanisobi, the CBN spokesperson, 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.
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.
The full interview, Shehu said, will be aired Wednesday Morning on Tambari TV on Nilesat.
President Buhari said reasons given to him by the CBN convinced him that the economy stood to benefit from reduction in inflation, currency counterfeiting and the excess cash in circulation.
In the interview, the president also addressed issues of food security and national security, among others.