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Naira swap: Tinubu’s ‘Abeokuta declaration’ averted looming crisis in Nigeria – Group 

A Northern based support group, Arewa4Asiwaju, has lauded the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for speaking up against January 31st deadline initially set for swap of the old Naira notes for new ones.

According to the group, Tinubu’s ‘Abeokuta declaration’ borne out of his sagacity and courage, compelled the Federal Government to extend the naira swap deadline to 10th February, thereby saving the nation from going up in flames, as consequence of the public pent up anger that pervaded the atmosphere before the sudden 10-days extension”. 

The group therefore noted that considering how he bravely saved the day and rescued the common man from further suffering in his bid to swap his naira note, “Nigerians surely owe Tinubu immense gratitude for stepping in and risking everything to change the obviously bad situation occasioned by the initial January 31st deadline.”

Speaking in a statement by its North-Central Coordinator, Aliyu Musa Pass, on Monday, Arewa4Asiwaju said, “It was this courage and purposeful leadership shown by the Asiwaju that compelled the government to go back on its earlier “no going back stance”. Whether anyone wants to believe it or not, it is the courageous sagacity displayed by Tinubu that invariably saved the Nigerian commoner from suffering the pains of the initial timeline set by the Federal Government for the unpopular new currency swap.

“And by that singular action, Tinubu also saved the nation from going up in flames as consequence of the raging public anger that pervaded the atmosphere before the sudden 10 days extension. Tinubu, proving himself a great statesman, in his now famous Abeokuta declaration, took the bold and necessary step of alerting on the dangers inherent in the new naira policy, its timing and deadline. 

“Apparently rattled, the President invited Asiwaju to Daura where the man stood his ground insisting that the policy was unnecessary, unpopular and would only harm the common man and lead to greater conflict. The nation certainly owe Tinubu immense gratitude for stepping in and risking everything to save an obviously bad situation.” 



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