Fresh reports suggests that President Muhammadu Buhari has finally bowed to IMF pressure, and he will soon devalue Naira.
According to SaharaReports, FG has caved to pressure to devalue Naira.
A day after the Buhari administration increased the price of the pump price of fuel by 67%, from N86.5 to N145 a liter, our sources disclosed that Mr. Buhari has also agreed to demands by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that he significantly devalues the Nigerian currency.
Our sources indicated that the naira would be pegged at N290 to one dollar. The current official rate is about N200 to a dollar.
Our sources said Mr. Buhari and his economic team took the decision to accept the IMF’s terms for funds that the Nigerian government wants to access to bridge a critical shortfall in revenue occasioned by a drastic decline in oil revenues.
An administration insider told SaharaReporters that Nigeria could receive as much as $3 billion in credit facilities from the IMF. “The truth is that Nigeria cannot operate without sourcing credit from the IMF,” said one of our sources, an economic adviser to Mr. Buhari, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “And the IMF was adamant that we must devalue before they can discuss extending credit to us,” he added.