By G9ija

GOVernor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has said that the Central Bank of Nigeria’s compliance with the Supreme Court Order on old currency notes was a victory for Nigerians.

Malam Zailani Bappa, Matawalle’s Special Adviser, Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, revealed this.

According to Bappa in a statement on Monday, the Governor believes that the court procedure, which culminated into the reversal of the earlier CBN’s rash implementation of the cashless policy, is for the good of the country’s micro-economy and wellbeing of the common man.

He quoted Matawalle as saying: “Those who accused us of going to court for the sake of the Presidential elections, even as Nigerians groaned under the policy implementation, are now proven wrong as we did not relent until we succeeded in achieving our demand to its logical conclusion.

“This is way after we have won the said Presidential election.

“All Nigerians can now sigh a relief on this matter, and we expect more cash to be in circulation to ease our pains, while those who were unable to replace their old naira notes with the scarce new notes will no longer lose their hard earned money.”

According to Bappa, the Zamfara State Governor, who is seeking re-election in the rescheduled March 18 Governorship and State Assembly polls, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for distancing his administration from any attempt to disrespect the verdict of the Supreme Court on the issue.

He said the governor was expecting all Deposit Money Banks to fully comply with the CBN directives.

The governor, Bappa noted, admonished the public to fully recognise the value of the old Naira notes once again until December 31.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the CBN on Monday said the old N200, N500 and N1,000 banknotes remained legal tender till December 31.

The Apex bank in a statement by Isa AbdulMumin, Acting Director, Corporate Communications, said it was acting in compliance with the March 3 judgment of the Supreme Court.

AbdulMumin said that the new CBN directive was in compliance with established tradition of obedience to court orders and sustenance of the rule of law principle that characterised the Buhari government.

He said: “Deposit Money Banks operating in Nigeria have been directed to comply with the Supreme Court judgment of March 3.

“Accordingly, the CBN met with the Bankers Committee and has directed that the old N200, N500 and N1,000 banknotes remain legal tender alongside the redesigned banknotes till December 31.”

The Supreme Court had in the March 3 judgment ordered the Federal Government to accept the designated denominations of Naira notes as legal tender until December 31.

However, neither President Muhammadu Buhari nor the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, reacted to the ruling until when the Presidency, in a statement on Monday, absolved the President from non-compliance with the ruling.

Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, in a statement on Monday, said Buhari never told Emefiele and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, to defy any court order.

Shehu said: “The directive of the president, following the meeting of the Council of State, is that the CBN must make available for circulation all money that is needed and nothing has happened to change the position.”