We Cannot Take away Arabic From Naira Word And Military Flag
A Nigerian lawyer has dragged the Central Financial institution of Nigeria and the Nigerian Military to court docket over Arabic inscriptions on the naira notes and the Nigerian Military flag.
Nevertheless, within the go well with earlier than the court docket, the Central Financial institution of Nigeria, CBN, has opposed the elimination of the Ajami (Arabic) inscriptions on naira notes.
It instructed the Federal Excessive Court docket it will price a ‘colossal sum of cash’ to discard the present notes and print new ones with out Ajami.
The CBN stated Ajami isn’t a logo or mark of Islam however an inscription to assist non-English audio system who’re literate in and use Ajami for commerce.
It made the submission in a counter-affidavit to a go well with filed by a Lagos-based lawyer, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo, earlier than Justice Mohammed Liman.
Mr Malcolm argued the Arabic inscriptions on the naira notes painting Nigeria as an Islamic state, opposite to the nation’s constitutional standing of a secular state.
He contended this violates sections 10 and 55 of the Nigerian Structure, which make the nation a secular state.
Part 10 reads: “The federal government of the Federation or of a state shall not undertake any faith as state faith.”
He prayed the court docket to restrain the CBN from “additional approving, printing and issuing naira notes with Arabic inscriptions, taking into consideration that Nigeria is a secular state.”
He additional prayed the court docket to order the CBN to interchange the Arabic inscriptions with both English language, which is the nation’s official language, or any of Nigeria’s three essential indigenous languages – Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo.
However in its counter-affidavit deposed to by Abiola Lawal, the CBN argued that “the Ajami inscriptions on a number of the nation’s currencies don’t connote any non secular statements or Arabian alignment.”
The apex financial institution maintained that opposite to Omirhobo’s declare, the Arabic inscriptions weren’t a risk to Nigeria’s secular standing.
It stated: “The inscriptions on the nation’s currencies don’t and at no time have they threatened the secular statehood of the nation or have they violated the Structure of Nigeria, as each design and inscription was finalised with the approval of the related authorities our bodies.”
It defined “Ajami inscriptions” on the naira notes dates again to the colonial period “and they don’t suggest that Arabic is an official language in Nigeria.”
The apex financial institution stated: “The naira notes retained the inscriptions with Ajami since 1973 when the identify of the Nigerian foreign money was modified to naira from kilos.
“The Ajami was inscribed on the nation’s foreign money by the colonialists to assist these with out Western training in sure elements of the nation, who, again then, constituted a bigger a part of the populace.
“The Ajami isn’t a logo or mark of Islam however an inscription to assist the populace uneducated in Western training in ease of commerce.”
It reasoned additional that eradicating the Arabic inscriptions from the naira notes “would price the tax-paying Nigerians and the Federal Authorities colossal sum of cash to discard the present naira notes and print new ones in satisfaction of the plaintiff.”
Listening to within the go well with comes up on Tuesday earlier than Justice Liman.
The decide can even be listening to the same go well with filed by Omirhobo in opposition to the Nigerian Military, in search of the elimination of Arabic inscriptions from the brand of the Nigerian Military.
Just like the CBN, the Military has additionally opposed Omirhobo’s go well with and urged the court docket to throw it out.