The Asiwaju Strikers, Ogun State Chapter, commends our dear President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on the extension of deadline for the swapping of old Naira notes by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The CBN had, on Sunday, announced a 10-day extension of the deadline from the initial January 31, 2023 to February 10, 2023 to allow for the collection of old notes in exchange with the redesigned ones.
This cheering news, no doubt, is a welcome development in view of the fact that the extension would douse the rising tension generated across the country by the previous currency swap arrangement. More so, it shows the Buhari Administration has listening ears and readily identifies with the wishes and concerns of the generality of Nigerians.
Also worthy of appreciation is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whose courageous pronouncement on the problems facing the masses, inevitably catalyzed the process necessitating this currency swap extension. At a time other presidential candidates were hypocritically mute and indifferent about the plight of the citizens, the APC presidential candidate boldly pointed attention to the widespread difficulties caused by the chaotic measure of the apex bank.
It is instructive to note that Asiwaju Tinubu defied self-serving critics and rose in defence of Nigerians, by speaking truth to power at the recent Abeokuta campaign rally of the ruling party. He did not play the ostrich. Rather, he was compassionate and empathetic towards powerless countrymen and women. Indeed, his stance is the hallmark of great leaders; they place the interest of the people far above selfish, parochial considerations.
As Nigeria inches closer to the general elections, we wish to remind the citizens, especially the electorate, to trust in the leadership of the APC flagbearer and support his emergence as the next President of the Federal Republic. Our country is headed towards a defining moment and we all must choose right by voting for Asiwaju.