Naira redesign: Be like Father Christmas, give out old naira notes – Adesina to hoarders

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Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina has called on rich Nigerians hoarding old naira notes, to emulate Santa Claus, otherwise known as Father Christmas, who is known for generosity.

Adesina urged old naira notes hoarders to give out the hoarded cash to the less privileged at festive periods.

He gave the advice on Friday in an article entitled ‘My Naira note is newer than yours.’

Recall that Buhari unveiled the new naira notes on 23rd November following the announcement of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele to redesign the naira as part of monetary policy to combat hoarding of banknotes outside the banking system.

Reacting to the CBN’s naira redesign publicly for the first time, Adesina mocked old naira notes hoarders saying, “The deed is done. From December 15, the new notes swing in, and run parri-passu with the old ones till January 31 next year. What do the cornered rats do with their loot? Throw them away? Burn them? Or eat them, if possible?

“I have an advice for the possessors of these loots. The festive season is upon us. Become like Santa Claus, and begin to dish out monetary gifts. In bales and loads. Give to the poor, the needy, the aching, and the hurting.

“It was part of their patrimony, which you had appropriated. Simply return it to them. What does it profit a man, if he gains the whole cash, and the money becomes redundant? Become a do-gooder, at least between now and January ending. Who knows, you may even expiate, atone for your sins of larceny and plunder,” he added.

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