Drama As Beggars Reject Old Naira Notes

Drama As Beggars Reject Old Naira Notes

In line with the January 31 deadline set by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), for the exchange of the old Naira notes, some beggars are beginning to reject the old N1,000, N500 and N200 notes from helpers who offered them help.

Recalls that the Governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele, weeks ago declared that from January 31, 2023, the old naira notes of the three denominations would no longer be acceptable for any form of financial transactions.

Recently, Emefiele ruled out requests to extend the deadline fixed for all citizens to return the old N200, N500 and N1,000 banknotes.

A journalist who witnessed the event said that there was a mild drama at the popular Kano-road, Kaduna, on Wednesday morning when some group of beggars rejected the old naira notes gifted to them by a good Samaritan.

According to him, a young man was accosted by three beggars on wheelchairs and as he alighted from a bus, realising they were asking for handouts, the man took an N1000 note from his wallet and stretched it towards the most senior beggar among the three.

To his amusement, the beggars looked at themselves, swivelled their wheelchairs around and moved away from the young man, rejecting his offer.

Speaking to onlookers, the young man who identified himself as Caleb reportedly said, “They (beggars), came to me, asking for alms. I gave them what I had on me, but they rejected it.”

The young man was quoted as saying that he only had the old currency notes and had not been able to get the new ones despite his efforts.

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