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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

MATTERS ARISING: Islamic Inscriptions Removed From New N100 Note Over Security Reasons ?

It would be recalled that on November 12, the Federal Government has unveiledthe new design for the N100 commemorative centenary banknote. The‘first digital banknote in the world’ will be officially issued on December 19. Mr. Jari, in his opinion piece entitled“Controversial changes on the centenary N100 note”, critically reviews a specific but subtle change introduced to the design.

“The Arabic writing in Hausa language (the Ajami script) that read“Naira Dari” ['a hundred naira']on the N100 note has been removed,”Mr. Jari observes.“Just like the N200, and above, the former N100 note used to have the Arabic-Hausa Writing in the left lower part of the note.

“In 2009, when the paper naira notes of lower denominations were replaced by polymer ones, the Ajami Hausa-Arabic writing was removed for no reason. This development was controversial and ill-termed.

“Some argue that the Ajami writing was a symbol of religion of Islam, and, since Nigeria is a secular country, there is no need to show any religious paraphernalia on its currency. But if that is the case, why do we have writings in English? Why is it that there are inscriptions in other languages, like Yoruba and Igbo on the currency? Is it that Nigeria belongs to them?

“The Ajami writing was purposely meant to enable Hausa and other tribes that had learnt Arabic long before English to read the currency. As English came to Nigeria through the South, so Arabic came to Nigeria through the North.

“I want to call on Nigeria government and all its ministries, departments and agencies to make a thorough research before implementing innovations. Government programs are supposed to be useful and accepted by people.”

Culled from NAIJ

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COMMENTS

thank u mr president

Use a pen to write it on every new hundred naira note that comes ur way then.

Aboki! this is jst d begining of ur woes!.. Go and call Sanusi Lamido to change it for u guys lol! Oga Jonah,I cut cap for u for this Over welcomed development. U are on point with it. @ Frank: Abeg tell am well o,any 100kpa note him get,make e use biro take design am for Hausa see wether dem go collect d money for him hand lol!. Thumbs up Endy!

make una sharraaaap boko pple

Naija With Unneccesary Issues And Opinion_ Oga Oooo

Gooood move...... If u dnt like that, simply go get a pen and paint, use dem to right it back before spending any one dt comes ur way.....

lol... he who thinks he stands, take heed lest ye fall...

For security reasons like ...? Just to prove that all islam related inscriptions are dangerous?

@Alvarez How Do U Mean? Pls Explain Ur Point Deeply?

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