Adamu Garba, has purportedly claimed Arabic is Nigeria’s official language in addition to the English language.
Adamu made the claim while voicing his support for the redesigning of the Naira, saying it is long overdue.
Recall that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, announced that new Naira notes with new designs would be launched in December this year.
Responding, 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.”
But taking to his Twitter, Adamu suggested that the CBN should retain the two official languages of English and Arabic, while effecting the change in the Naira notes.
He wrote: “Redesigning the Naira is long overdue. One of the giant strides of CBN Gov. Godwin Emefiele. However, wide-ranging consultation & rapid awareness needs to be created.
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“For trust’s sake, the two official languages of English & Arabic need to remain, in addition to the local ones”.
GBETU reported 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.