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Tinubu's Camp Attacks Nigeria's Attorney General, Malami For Challenging Supreme Court’s Suspension Of Old Naira Notes Deadline

February 9, 2023

SaharaReporters earlier reported that Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), asked the Supreme Court to dismiss a suit challenging the naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

The Director of Media and Publicity, Tinubu/Shettima Campaign, Bayo Onanuga has attacked the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Abubakar Malami over his position on the Supreme Court ruling on the naira redesign.


SaharaReporters earlier reported that Malami, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), asked the Supreme Court to dismiss a suit challenging the naira redesign policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).


The preliminary objection was filed on Wednesday by the AGF through his lawyers – Mahmud Magaji and Tijanni Gazali.


However, reacting in a tweet posted on his Twitter handle, Onanuga, the Media Director, All Progressives Congress presidential candidate campaign council described Malami as a public enemy like Godwin Emefiele, the CBN governor.


Onanuga, who is also the Publisher of the News Magazine, wrote on his Twitter handle @aonanuga1956: "Abubakar Malami is also a public enemy like Emefiele."


Meanwhile, his reaction has drawn an array of criticisms from some Nigerian tweeps.


A Twitter user with the handle @TEzeike wrote: "The enemy of the public is the one that hoarded billions to buy votes ! You know who that person is !!"


Another Twitter user @peculiarpat1 said, “A government that fights itself. When Nigerians complained about harsh policies & actions like border closure, fuel price hike etc, u, BAT & associates called Nigerians wailers. Today, because it will affect ur camp in the election, all of you have joined the wailing business!

“The saying that the hawk you supported today because it pretended as if it didn't see your chicks may turn around to grab them tomorrow. When Nigerians complained about some harsh policies and decisions all of you called them wailers. Now, it's your own time to wail.”

“Ruling party playing opposition because of election,” Ikechukwu (@iykimo) tweeted.

SaharaReporters reported on Wednesday that the Supreme Court temporarily halted the government's move to stop the use of old naira notes on February 10, 2023.


This was stated in a ruling given by a seven-member panel led by Justice John Okoro for an ex parte application brought by three northern state governments of Kaduna, Kogi, and Zamfara.


The three states had specifically applied for an order of Interim Injunction restraining “the federal government through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) or the commercial banks from suspending or determining or ending on February 10, 2023, the time frame with which the now older version of the 200, 500 and 1,000 denomination of the naira may no longer be legal tender pending the hearing and determination of their motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.”


On Wednesday, Mr A. I. Mustapha, SAN, counsel for the applicants, urged the Supreme Court to grant the application in the interest of justice and the well-being of Nigeria.


He stated that the policy of the government had led to an “excruciating situation that is almost leading to anarchy in the land.”


While referring to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) statistics indicating that more than 60 per cent of Nigerians do not have bank accounts, Mustapha lamented that the few Nigerians who do have bank accounts are unable to access their funds as a result of the policy.


However, the Nigerian government in its preliminary objection argued that the Supreme Court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the suit.


President Muhammdu Buhari’s government is also asking the court to strike out the suit.


According to the defence lawyers, the suit falls within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal High Court in matters of monetary policy of an agency of the Federal Government.

Nigerians have been having difficulty obtaining the new naira notes – N200, N500 and N1000- as the February 10 deadline approaches.


Some banks in the state have been attacked, and protests in states such as Ogun and Oyo have been violent.


Banks have recently been the target of violent attacks. When riots erupted over the weekend in Ibadan, a Wema Bank branch was vandalised. Many banks have increased their security and caution as a result of this.


Due to the heightened tensions caused by the country's protracted naira scarcity, some commercial banks on Tuesday ordered the closure of some of their branches until further notice.