Muhammadu Sanusi II, former Emir of Kano, said Arabic inscriptions known as “Ajami” will not be removed from the redesigned naira notes.
Interview with Daily Nigerian On Monday, Sanusi said Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), had confirmed to him that the markings would remain on the redesigned currency.
Ajami is an Arabic derivative of Hausa. TheCable’s explanation of this can be found here.
The CBN on Wednesday announced that it had redesigned new naira banknotes.
The apex bank said the new banknotes include N200, N500 and N1000, adding that the new design and issues will be effective from mid-December 2022.
The development had sparked rumors on social media that the currency redesign was a ploy by the federal government to remove the Ajami inscription from banknotes.
But refuting the rumours, the former emir urged religious leaders to refrain from spreading unverified and misleading information to the public.
Sanusi particularly called on Islamic preachers to always check and seek clarification on matters that are unclear to them, instead of acting on unsubstantiated allegations.
“There has been speculation about some naira notes changing. I have heard various scholars comment with some suggesting that the Ajami on naira banknotes will be removed,” he said.
“I want to use this medium to confirm authoritatively to the Muslim ummah that there are no such plans.
“Since the problem arose, we have spoken to some people at the Central Bank, and they have confirmed to me that such a plan does not exist.
“When the misconception spread, I spoke to the CBN Governor himself, and he also confirmed to me that there were no plans to remove the Ajami.
“So, I want to appeal to Islamic scholars to stop acting on unsubstantiated reports.
“I know that some of the academics who make these comments do so without investigating the information brought to them.”