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Kwara youths protest rejection of old Naira notes

Gov. AbdulRahman advocates calmness, peace 

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Ibrahim Mohammed Funsho

Some irate residents of Ilorin, mostly youth were seen in the wee hours of Wednesday, February 15 barricading various strategic roads in the state capital to protest the eventual rejection of the old Naira notes by commercial banks and business owners.

Out reporter who visited the scene of the protests, gathered that shop owners around Oja- Oba, Gambari and other areas put their shops under locks and keys in fear of unknown outcome of the demonstration.

The protests were peaceful though as bonfire were made on the roads at different locations of the capital city, with security personnel on ground, monitoring the situation.

The protests also extended to other places such as: Alagbado, Ogidi, Kwara Poly axis, Zango among others.

However, Kwara State Governor has called on citizens of the state to remain calm amid currency scarcity, thereby admitting the harsh effects of the development.

He said, “I testify to the inconvenience this development has brought. We are in this together, and we are not missing any opportunity to work with the CBN and the Federal Government to bring ease to the people within reasonable time. I admit it has been tough, and we do not take your patience for granted,” he said.

“I sincerely appeal to you to remain calm. We are a resilient people who are popular for our peaceful nature and our history of seeking reliefs with calmness and absolute restraints. This is a passionate appeal to the good people of Kwara State. Again, I share in your pains, and I urge you to exercise the highest level of restraints as we surmount this challenge together.”

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