CBN clears air on alleged Naira devaluation
The Central Bank of Nigeria has reacted to news it has devalued the Naira by as much as 15 percent, moving it from the official price of N307 to N360 and also adjusting the import and export window price from N360 to N380.
In a tweet on Saturday night, the bank deployed semantic obfuscation to describe its action, quoting Governor Godwin Emefiele as saying the devaluation “is an adjustment of price”.
— Central Bank of Nigeria (@cenbank) March 21, 2020
The bank had taken commercial banks by surprise on Friday when it sold dollars at N360, instead of N307.
Later same day, the bank reflected its ‘new adjusted price’ on its website.
Recall that the apex bank had on Friday made the adjustment cum devaluation to harmonise its multiple exchange rates and also because of the reality of the oil market, which gives Nigeria 90 per cent of its FX earnings.
As at Friday, oil sold for $27.50 per barrel as against the budget benchmark of $57.
Forex Reserve has also gone southwards to $35.9 billion.