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No extension of old naira notes by 70 days, Aisha Buhari a liar — CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has portrayed Aisha Buhari, the wife of the President Muhammadu Buhari as a liar for posting a report that the apex bank has extended the acceptance of old N200, N500 and N1,000 notes for the next 70 days.

The Informant247 gathered that the first lady publicised a statement purportedly originating from the apex bank on her social media handles, announcing the extension of the acceptance of the old naira notes by 70 days.

The statement which was shared by the first lady reads: “Due to the current and unpleasant situation happening in Nigeria, in line with Mr. president, after having a closed meeting with him on the 20th of February, 2023, Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) has been directed to ONLY reissue and recirculate the old N200, N500 and N1000 banknotes and this is expected to circulate as legal tender for 70 days up to May 1, 2023. Members of the public should therefore continue to spend the old notes. Media practitioners are advised to PLEASE spread out this helpful information to the public.”

The Director, Corporates Communications Department, of the apex bank purportedly signed the statement.

Reacting few minutes later, the mother of all Nigerian banks falsified the report shared by the first lady, describing it as fake news.

The apex placed the 2 statements side by side and warned the people to beware of fake reports.

In a statement released by Nwanisobi on its verified social media pages, the bank stated that: “The attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been drawn to some fake and unauthorized messages quoting the CBN as having authorized the Deposit Money Banks to collect the old N200 and N1,000 Banknotes. For the avoidance of doubt, and in line with Mr. President’s broadcast of February 16, 2023, the CBN has been directed to ONLY reissue and recirculate the old N200 banknotes and this is expected to circulate as legal tender for 60 days up to April 10, 2023. Members of the public should therefore disregard any message and/or information not formally released by the Central Bank of Nigeria on this subject.

“Media practitioners are advised to PLEASE verify any information from the correct sources before publication.”

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