El-Rufai Asks Kaduna Residents To Continue Using Old Naira Notes, Says Buhari’s Directive Illegal

The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, says the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari on the deadline for old Naira notes “is a disobedience to the Supreme Court Order.”

The governor in his broadcast to the people of Kaduna State on Thursday asked residents of the state to continue using the old naira notes, urging them to stand up strongly for democracy, peace and national unity.

Recall that earlier in the day, Pressident Buhari said in his national broadcast that both the N1,000 and N500 old naira notes ceases to be legal tender.

Countering El-Rufai said, “The address by the President earlier this morning limiting the legal tender status of old notes to only N200 amounts to total disregard and disobedience of the ruling of February 8 which was extended further yesterday by the Supreme Court. The misguided action of the Attorney-General to mislead the President into engaging in this public violation of the order of the highest court of the land shows how desperate the policy architects are to cause national chaos, by showing open contempt for the judiciary.

“It is also quite revealing that the Federal Government and its agencies not only disobeyed the February 8 ruling by continuing to say the February 10 deadline stands. It is shocking to see the blatant violation of the subsisting and continuing order of the Supreme Court that all the old and new notes should continue to be legal tender until it gives judgment in the case filed by the Kaduna State Government along with several others.”

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