The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has appealed to Nigerians not to take the law into their hands through destructive protests over the current scarcity of naira notes in the country.
Tinubu, while reacting to violent protests that occurred in some parts of the country in a statement issued on Wednesday, assured that the federal and state governments were working to resolve the country’s current challenges.
“I am saddened by reports of violent protests in parts of our country today, especially in Delta, Oyo, Kwara, and Edo states. In Delta, there were reports of arson and destruction of bank branches.
“I sympathise with all Nigerians who are going through the pains of not being able to get money from banks and ATM points to meet their basic daily needs.
“I also sympathise with the banks for being victims of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) currency re-design and cashless policy.
“Rest assured that this phase will soon pass away as our governments at both the Federal and State levels are working to surmount the current challenges,” he said.
Tinubu said a solution was on the way with the Supreme Court re-affirming its order of February 8 on monetary authorities to allow the old and new naira notes to circulate together.
The former Lagos State governor further expressed optimism that the scarcity of naira notes would soon be over.
“We appeal to young Nigerians not to take the law into their hands through destructive protests.
“We feel your pains and frustration, but destroying lives and properties will not solve any problem, rather, it will only complicate the crisis we have on our hands.
“We must keep the peace and remain calm. Let us not be provoked, instead, let us cooperate with the government in seeking immediate and lasting solution.
“This difficult time shall soon be over, we must keep hope alive as we move forward to a better, stronger, and more prosperous Nigeria of our dream,” Tinubu added.