Remove Arabic inscription from redesigned naira notes, Govt official tells CBN


The Central Bank of Nigeria has been asked to remove the Arabic inscription from the redesigned naira notes.

Tever Akase, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Samuel Ortom on Media and Publicity, said all Nigerian languages should be on the currencies, not Arabic.

In a tweet, Akase lamented that Arabic is not Nigeria’s second official language.

He wrote, “Those redesigning the naira notes should ensure that inscriptions of all Nigerian languages are on the currencies.


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“If this is impossible, they should remove the existing Arabic inscriptions and leave only English on the new notes. Arabic is not Nigeria’s 2nd official language.”

Recall that the apex bank would unveil the redesigned naira notes on December 15, 2022.

The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, said the new currencies to be launched are N1,000, N500, and N200 notes.

Addressing a press conference, Emefiele advised Nigerians to take their old notes to banks in exchange for new ones.