Tony Elumelu has expressed confidence in Naira’s stability amid the CBN Leadership Change.
NewsOnline Nigeria reports that billionaire entrepreneur and business magnate, Tony Elumelu, has voiced his confidence in the recent leadership change at the Central Bank of Nigeria, believing it could be a catalyst for restoring faith in the nation’s currency.
This Nigeria News platform recalls that President Bola Tinubu approved the appointment of Olayemi Michael Cardoso, who recently assumed his role as the acting governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and four other deputies, pending Senate confirmation.
Despite this change, the Nigerian Naira continues to depreciate. Data from the Forward Marketing Bureau de Change Ltd. reveals the Naira’s unofficial rate at N992/$1, marking a substantial decrease from its starting rate of N900 Naira at the beginning of the month.
During an exclusive interview with Bloomberg TV in New York, Elumelu addressed the ongoing issue of Nigerians accumulating dollars, attributing it to a lack of confidence.
He stated, “The reason people are accumulating dollars is not because they need it now; it is because of a lack of confidence.” Elumelu expressed optimism in the capabilities of the new central bank team, emphasizing that they are “very capable” and “will be able to bring confidence.”
Elumelu, serving as the chairman of United Bank for Africa Plc and holding the largest stake in Transnational Corp. of Nigeria Plc, the country’s largest conglomerate, noted the palpable anxiety among Nigerians regarding the Naira’s future stability.
“The missing link has been poor leadership, and I believe that we all know there’s so much private global capital seeking the right investment destination,” Elumelu concluded.
In terms of dollar values, Elumelu’s companies have experienced remarkable surges in 2023. Transcorp’s value has more than doubled, while United Bank has seen an approximate 40% increase.
Elumelu remains hopeful that the new leadership at the Central Bank of Nigeria will contribute to rebuilding confidence in the Naira and stimulating economic growth.
Transcorp, under Elumelu’s guidance, controls about 16% of Nigeria’s electricity generation capacity, operates hotels, and engages in oil exploration, positioning him strategically in sectors vital to Africa’s most populous nation.