Panic gripped the forex market on Thursday, throwing the Nigerian naira to N400/dollar on the streets.
The CBN alleged that the displeasure, the rumours, and speculative activities are from unscrupulous players in the foreign exchange market.
“These rumours are false, unwarranted and calculated to serve their dubious and selfish ends,” the apex bank said in a statement issued on Thursday.
Admitting that the outbreak of the Coronavirus has led to the global economic slowdown, fall in the price of crude oil, and less inflow of dollars into Nigeria, it stated that the size of Nigeria's foreign exchange reserves remains robust and comfortable, given the current realities of Nigeria's genuine and legitimate FX demand.
“As such, the CBN remains able and willing to meet all genuine demand for foreign exchange for legitimate transactions.”
CBN added that in light of current circumstances and macroeconomic fundamentals, it has not devalued the Naira.
On year-to-date basis, the Nigeria's foreign reserves dropped tp $36 billion from $38 billion.