Presidency to currency speculators: Drop your dollars to avoid tears
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Presidency to currency speculators: Drop your dollars to avoid tears



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The Presidency, on Thursday, warned forex speculators to discard their dollars, saying that the Naira will soon appreciate.

President Bola Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, made this call in a statement via his X handle on Thursday.

Onanuga urged speculators to quickly dump their dollars to avoid “tears.”

He said: “With backlog FX settled, Naira is set to appreciate further, faster. Currency speculators should quickly dump their stock of dollars to avoid sorrows and tears.”

Onanuga was reacting to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) disclosure that it had cleared the $7 billion foreign exchange backlog inherited by its Governor, Yemi Cardoso.

Ripples Nigeria reported that in a statement on Wednesday, CBN’s Acting Director of Corporate Communications, Mrs Hakama Sidi Ali, confirmed the settlement of all valid FX backlog claims.

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Ali said the apex bank employed Deloitte Consulting, an independent auditing firm, to meticulously assess the transactions, ensuring that only legitimate claims were honoured.

“Any invalid transactions were referred to the relevant authorities for further investigation,” she stated.

The CBN’s commitment to tackling the FX backlog appears to be paying off, with the external reserves seeing a significant rise, reaching $34.11 billion as of March 7, 2024, the highest level in eight months.


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