President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the extension of the validity of old 200 naira notes by 60 days.
This information was disclosed by President Buhari while addressing Nigerians on Thursday regarding the recent implementation of the redesigned naira policy.
His words: “To further ease the supply pressures, particularly for our citizens, I have given approval to the CBN that the old N200 bank notes be released back into circulation and that it should also be allowed to circulate as legal tender with the new N200, N500, and N1000 banknotes for 60 days from February 10, 2023, to April 10, 2023, when the old N200 notes cease to be legal tender.
“In line with Section 20(3) of the CBN Act 2007, all existing old N1000 and N500 notes remain redeemable at the CBN and designated points.
“Considering the health of our economy and the legacy we must bequeath to the next administration and future generations of Nigerians, I admonish every citizen to strive harder to make their deposits by taking advantage of the platforms and windows being provided by the CBN.”
“Let me assure Nigerians that our administration will continue to assess the implementation with a view to ensuring that Nigerians are not unnecessarily burdened. In this regard, the CBN shall ensure that new notes become more available and accessible to our citizens through the banks.
“I wish to appeal for your understanding once more until we overcome this difficult transient phase within the shortest possible time.
“Fellow citizens, on February 25, 2023, the nation will elect a new president and members of the National Assembly. I am aware that this new monetary policy has also contributed immensely to the minimization of the influence of money in politics.
“This is a positive departure from the past and represents a bold legacy step by this administration, towards laying a strong foundation for free and fair elections.”
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