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by Echezona obinna

The Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to persuade the Central Bank of Nigeria to reinstate the old N1000 and N500 notes as legal money while new currency is being printed to replace the old ones.

When presenting its platform for a better Nigeria in front of the public on Friday in Abuja, the party made the request.
Alhaji Falalu Bello, the national chairman of the PRP, bemoaned the scarcity of fresh Naira bills in use and urged prompt action to lessen the suffering of the populace.

Bello further noted that the government’s decision to remove almost N2 trillion from circulation and print N300 billion was a formula for trouble.

According to him, “Any policy that denies citizens access to their money is not good and is not a good policy.
“It (the Naira Redesign Policy) is a man-made crisis which is avoidable. We ask the President to tell the financial regulator to return our money.

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“Although President Muhammadu Buhari has just about three months to leave office, history beckons him to take for Nigeria masses some important decisions that will ease their livelihood, make lives more meaningful and begin to address corruption in the land which has made lives unbearable.

“An exercise that withdraws over N2 trillion and prints only N300 billion with the result that people don’t have access to their legitimate credit balances and have not been given new currencies in place of the old ones they deposited is most certainly wrong, inhuman and could be said to be illegal as it does not pass the reasonable standard test put in the CBN Act of 2007.
“We, therefore, ask President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately instruct the CBN to return to Nigerians the old currencies it has caused them to deposit with Nigerian banks and allow those old currencies to remain legal tender until the CBN prints enough currencies to replace old ones.
“This minimal, Nigerians expect of Mr President will ameliorate the hardship that ordinary Nigerians are facing.”

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Bello, thereafter, presented a 34-page manifesto titled ‘Compact With The People: Manifesto Of The PRP For 2023 Election’ which he said will address the problems the country is presently passing through under the APC government.

The manifesto, a six-point agenda, dwelled on revamping the economy, promotion of education and human capital development, national unity and genuine federalism, enhancing national security and revamping the extractive industry, oil, gas and solid minerals.


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