BREAKING: Buhari extends old N200 notes validity by 60 days

Buhari announced the development in his nationwide address on Thursday.

CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele and President Muhammadu Buhari during the unveiling of the redesigned naira notes. (Daily Trust)

The President announced this in his nationwide address on Thursday, February 16, 2023.

He said, “To further ease the supply pressures, particularly to our citizens, I have given approval to the CBN that the old N200 bank notes be released back into circulation and that it should also be allowed to circulate as legal tender with the new N200, N500, and N1000 banknotes for 60 days from February 10, 2023 to April 10 2023 when the old N200 notes cease to be legal tender.”

The president affirmed the February 10 deadline for the cash swap policy by the CBN as he maintained that the old N500 and N1000 banknotes are no longer legal tender in the country.

Buhari's position countered the Supreme Court's pronouncement which recognises the old notes of the redesigned denominations as legal tender.

He said, “Let me re-assure Nigerians, that strengthening our economy, enhancing security and blockage of leakages associated with illicit financial flows remain the top priority of our administration. And I shall remain committed to my oath of protecting and advancing the interest of Nigerians and the nation, at all times.

“In the last quarter of 2022, I authorised the Central Bank of Nigeria to redesign the N200, N500, and N1000 Nigerian banknotes. For a smooth transition, I similarly approved that the redesigned banknotes should circulate concurrently with the old bank notes, till 31 January 2023, before the old notes, cease to be legal tender.

“During the extended phase of the deadline for currency swap, (from January 31 till February 10) I listened to invaluable pieces of advice from well-meaning citizens and institutions across the nation.

“I similarly consulted widely with representatives of the State Governors as well as the Council of State. Above all, as an administration that respects the rule of law, I have also noted that the subject matter is before the courts of our land and some pronouncements have been made.

“To further ease the supply pressures particularly to our citizens, I have given approval to the CBN that the old N200 bank notes be released back into circulation and that it should also be allowed to circulate as legal tender with the new N200, N500, and N1000 banknotes for 60 days from February 10, 2023 to April 10 2023 when the old N200 notes ceases to be legal tender.”

"He added that all existing old N1000 and N500 notes remain redeemable at the CBN and designated points".

The president, therefore, advised Nigerians "to strive harder to make their deposits by taking advantage of the platforms and windows being provided by the CBN.”

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