Buhari to extend validity of old naira notes till April 10

Buhari to extend validity of old naira notes till April 10

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President Muhammadu Buhari is reportedly considering extending the validity of old naira notes by 60 days.

This is to avoid disobeying the order of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

According to TheCable, the old N1,000, N500 and N200 notes remain valid until the Supreme Court delivers judgment in the case filed by some states against the federal government.

Recall that the CBN had insisted that the deadline of February 10 would not be changed. However, a senior government official related to TheCable that Buhari was worried about the hardship faced by Nigerians as well as the legal implications of disobeying the order of the constitutional court.

It was reported that the official noted that this was the focus of a meeting between Buhari and the leadership of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) as well as the Progressives Governors Forum until the early hours of Wednesday.

The governors were then expected to withdraw their case at the apex court.

“The resolution was to give room for President Buhari to make concessions on the monetary policy and make the following announcements public,” the official said.

“One, that the old naira notes of N1,000, N500 and N200 be allowed free movement in and out of the banks for the next 60 days.

Two, that all three notes will be legal tender during this period, but that any old N500 or N1000 that goes into a bank will not be sent back into circulation.”

The official said that while others were “on the same page with the president”, Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, insisted on total cancellation of the policy.


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