President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to intensify collaboration with anti-corruption agencies, in checking the activities of those bent on frustrating the smooth implementation of the currency re-design policy.

The president gave the directive while addressing Nigerians on the CBN currency swap policy and State of the Nation on Thursday in Abuja.

Buhari called on the apex bank to ensure that any institution or person(s) found to have impeded or sabotaged the implementation should be made to bear the full weight of the law.

The president said, “I am not unaware of the obstacles placed on the path of innocent Nigerians by unscrupulous officials in the banking industry, entrusted with the process of implementation of the new monetary policy.

“I am deeply pained and sincerely sympathise with you all, over these unintended outcomes.

“To stem this tide, I have directed the CBN to deploy all legitimate resources and legal means to ensure that our citizens are adequately educated on the policy; enjoy easy access to cash withdrawal through availability of appropriate amount of currency; and ability to make deposits.

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