Arabic inscriptions on Naira Notes not in opposition to Sections 10 & 55 of 1999 structure – CBN tells courtroom
The Central Financial institution of Nigeria has vehemently opposed a swimsuit earlier than the Federal Excessive Court docket in Lagos praying that the Arabic inscriptions on naira notes be eliminated.
A Lagos-based lawyer, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo, who filed the swimsuit earlier than Justice Mohammed Liman, contended that having Arabic inscriptions on the naira notes portrays Nigeria as an Islamic state, opposite to the nation’s constitutional standing of a secular state.
Omirhobo, who stated he doesn’t know what the Arabic inscriptions imply, is praying the courtroom to order the CBN to exchange the Arabic inscriptions with both English language, which is the nation’s official language, or any of Nigeria’s three major indigenous languages – Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo.
Based on the lawyer, with the Arabic inscriptions on the naira observe, the CBN has been violating sections 10 and 55 of the Nigerian Structure, which make the nation a secular state.
He desires the courtroom to restrain the CBN from “additional approving, printing and issuing naira notes with Arabic inscriptions, allowing for that Nigeria is a secular state.”
However the CBN has filed a counter-affidavit in opposition to the swimsuit.
Within the counter-affidavit deposed to by one Abiola Lawal, the CBN maintained that opposite to Omirhobo’s declare “the Ajami inscriptions on among the nation’s currencies don’t connote any spiritual statements or Arabian alignment.”
The CBN additionally tackled the lawyer on the declare that the Arabic inscriptions had been a menace to Nigeria’s secular standing.
“The inscriptions on the nation’s currencies don’t and at no time have they threatened the secular statehood of the nation nor have they violated the Structure of Nigeria, as each design and inscription was finalised with the approval of the related authorities our bodies,” the apex financial institution stated.
The CBN defined that the “Ajami inscriptions” on the naira notes dated again to the colonial period “and they don’t suggest that Arabic is an official language in Nigeria.”
The apex financial institution stated, “The naira notes retained the inscriptions with Ajami since 1973 when the identify of the Nigerian foreign money was modified to naira from kilos.
“The Ajami was inscribed on the nation’s foreign money by the colonialists to assist these with out Western schooling in sure elements of the nation, who, again then, constituted a bigger a part of the populace.
“The Ajami shouldn’t be an emblem or mark of Islam however an inscription to assist the populace uneducated in Western schooling in ease of commerce.”
Whereas urging the courtroom to reject Omirhobo’s swimsuit, the CBN pleaded that eradicating the Arabi inscriptions from the naira notes “would value the tax-paying Nigerians and the Federal Authorities colossal sum of cash to discard the prevailing naira notes and print new ones in satisfaction of the plaintiff.”
Listening to within the swimsuit comes up on Tuesday earlier than Justice Liman.
The decide may also be listening to an identical swimsuit filed by Omirhobo in opposition to the Nigerian Military, searching for the removing of Arabic inscriptions from the brand of the Nigerian Military.
Just like the CBN, the Military has additionally opposed Omirhobo’s swimsuit and urged the courtroom to throw it out.
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