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Breaking! I ordered Emefiele to change Naira design – Buhari opens up



President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday confirmed that he ordered Godwin Emefiele, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to effect the controversial Naira redesign.

CITYNEWS NIGERIA reports that President Buhari said this during a national broadcast on the challenges of the currency swap and the state of the nation.

“In the last quarter of 2022, I authorised the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to redesign the N200, N500, and N1000 Nigerian banknotes,” Buhari said.

“For a smooth transition, I similarly approved that the redesigned banknotes should circulate concurrently with the old bank notes, till 31 January 2023, before the old notes, cease to be legal tender.

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“In appreciation of the systemic and human difficulties encountered during implementation and in response to the appeal of all citizens, an extension of ten days was authorized till 10th February, 2023 for the completion of the process.

“All these activities are being carried out within the ambit of the Constitution, the relevant law under the CBN Act 2007 and in line with global best practices.”

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