Muhammadu Sanusi, the former emir of Kano, has guaranteed that the Arabic writing on the naira notes won’t be eliminated from the new currency.
Sanusi said that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, gave him the assurance that the Arabic lettering will remain on the newly designed notes.
The CBN revealed last week that the notes’ new designs, which will take effect on December 5th, 2022, for the N100, N200, and N1000 notes.
CBN’s announcement was met with mixed emotions since some Islamic scholars claimed that the redesign of the naira was an attempt to erase the Islamic inscription.
Amid suspicion by Islamic scholars, some Nigerians urged the apex bank to remove the inscription from the redesigned naira.
Reacting, Sanusi urged Islamic leaders to verify their information and stop unsubstantiated claims.
“There has been speculation going round about the change of some naira notes. I heard various scholars commenting, with some implying that the Ajami on the naira notes would be removed.
“Since the issue came up, we have spoken to some people in the Central Bank, and they confirmed to me that such a plan is non-existent.
“When the misconception became widespread, I spoke to the CBN governor himself, and he also confirmed to me that there is no plan whatsoever to remove the Ajami.
“So, I want to appeal to Islamic scholars to please stop acting on unsubstantiated reports,” .