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Buhari meets Tambuwal, Bagudu, Emefiele over Naira scarcity

President Muhammadu Buhari (R) meets CBN, EFCC and governors Tambuwal and Bagudu of Sokoto and Kebbi, at Aso Villa Abuja. Photo: Bashir Ahmad Twitter handle

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, and the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu in an attempt to find “an immediate solution” to the suffering brought about by the lingering cash crunch in the country.

The meeting, which took place in Abuja, also had Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, and Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, in attendance.

Also present at the meeting was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, as well as the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

Our State House correspondent reports that although details of the meeting were not made public, it may not be unconnected with the nationwide cash crunch, propelled by the Naira redesign policy.

Meanwhile, a planned meeting between President Buhari and Governors under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has been cancelled.

No reason was given for the cancellation, which was initially scheduled for Tuesday at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The aborted meeting with the Governors was coming four days after the president met with Governors of the APC, when he asked Nigerians to give him 7 days to make consultations with relevant stakeholders to resolve the crisis associated with the naira redesign policy.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor