New naira: Kano clerics seek deadline extension

Islamic clerics from Tijjaniyya, Qadiriyya, and Izala sects in Kano state have called on the Federal Government to extend the January 31 deadline set by the Central Bank of Nigeria, to stop accepting old naira notes.

According to The PUNCH, the call followed the result of a Thursday meeting at the Government House between state governor Ganduje, top government officials, and Islamic clerics.

The meeting highlighted that economic activity had been halted in Kano due to hardship brought on by the lack of the new naira notes, according to a statement released on Friday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Hassan Musa Fagge.

“The meeting, therefore, urged President Muhammadu Buhari that out of his magnanimity to consider the suffering caused to people of the State due to the shortage of the new naira notes and extend the deadline set by the CBN,” the statement read in part.

The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Governor and APC candidate for governor, Dr. Nasiru Gawuna, his running partner Murtala Sule Garo, APC chairman Abdullahi Abbas, and Islamic clerics.