Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to consider imprinting the image of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on proposed new naira notes.
The former VP said this in a series of tweets on Saturday.
The CBN had said it would roll out a new series of naira notes by December 15.
Abubakar also said Obasanjo deserves to win a Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership excellence.
The presidential flagbearer said this on the back of Obasanjo’s role in ensuring Ethiopia and the country’s northern Tigray region reached an agreement to end their two-year conflict.
“I celebrate the extraordinary prowess of His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in bringing peace to Ethiopia. I am not surprised. I know my boss. He did the same thing in Liberia and São Tomé and Príncipe during our time in office,” he said.
“If for nothing else, he is most deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize, and I will nominate him when entries are open for nominations.”
Atiku said Africa is blessed to have a “statesman of such impeccable democratic credentials” as Obasanjo.
“A man whose image ought to be in the redesigned Naira note to inspire future generations of Nigerians to sacrifice for their nation and continent,” he said.
“On behalf of my family, I congratulate you, President Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, for successfully ending the Ethiopia-Tigray conflict. And I thank God for the gift of wisdom and foresight He gave you, which you have used creditably to steer Nigeria and Africa on the right path.”
But addressing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja, a spokesperson of the Atiku’s campaign, Charles Aniagwu, said the PDP and its leadership “are very much concerned about the level of poverty in Nigeria and the APC administration is doing badly in trying to get our people out of the trench and we are going to give Nigerians the alternative to be able to reverse this trend”.
Aniagwu said the latest problem created by the APC administration in the country “was the free fall of our currency or whatever you may call it. A house is falling instead of bringing people to take steps to restructure the house and make it stand you decide to paint the house and think that is the solution to bring back the house to where it is. Our naira today it has no value even in the hands of our people.”