President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday 25th October, unveiled the e-Naira.
The Central Bank of Nigeria had on September 30th suspended the launch of its digital currency, called e-Naira. The suspension of the launch was announced by CBN spokesman Osita Nwanisobi while speaking to newsmen in Abuja.
According to the CBN spokesperson, the rollout was suspended to allow other events slated for the country’s 61st independence anniversary to take place.
Present at the unveiling were the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele.
The E-Naira will hold equal value with the paper currency and will be issued by the CBN.
Nigerian authorities say the currency is not intended to replace cash but will function as a safe and efficient alternative means of payment.
The eNaira will be a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), issued by the government, and it will have the same value as the paper, or fiat, currency.
It is understood that CBDCs is far different from cryptocurrencies in being regulated and therefore subject to banking laws. They are issued by a central authority and are therefore trusted by traders. The CBN issued its regulatory guidelines for the eNaira on 1 October.
Also, the E-Naira value will rise or fall in relation to the dollar in the same way as the fiat currency.