CBN Was Wrog to Have Devalued Naira – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari is unhappy with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, over what he called ”the ruthless devaluation of the Naira.”While speaking at the Ramadan breaking of fast with members of the business community ,on Monday, the president condemned “the ruthless devaluation of naira,’’ saying that he was yet to be convinced about the economic benefits of the exercise.He said
“How much benefits have we derived from naira devaluation in the past?
“I don’t like the returns I get from the CBN because that coupled with the demand that let us devalue the naira. In August 1985, the naira was N1.3k to a dollar, now you need N300 or N350 to a dollar.“What do we derive from that, how much benefit can we derive from this ruthless devaluation of the naira?“I’m not an economist neither a businessman, I fail to appreciate the economic explanation.“What has happened to us now is that we have maneuvered ourselves into a mono-economy which led to the collapse we are seeing now.“A lot of responsibilities now fall on your shoulders. You have a lot of investments, a lot of people you employ,’’ he told the businessmen.