Why spraying of naira shouldn’t be banned — Reno Omokri

Media personality, Reno Omokri has stated why spraying of naira shouldn’t be banned.

He posted this on his X handle on Sunday, 21st April, 2024.

Reno believed that spraying Naira, our money, is part of our culture and shouldn’t be stopped. Saying, it’s like how other cultures break plates or spray champagne.

He stated that banning it isn’t fair or right, rather focusing on stopping harmful practices like marking children’s faces with tribal marks.

He wrote, ”Spraying money is our beloved culture. It has been with our ancestors for centuries. Yes, centuries. It is just like the Greek culture of breaking expensive plates during parties and celebrations, or the Formula 1 tradition of spraying expensive French champagne at celebrations, and even the Jewish culture of smashing costly crystal drinking glasses at weddings.

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Spraying of Naira is NOT an obnoxious custom, neither is it contrary to natural justice or public decency. We have people who mutilate their children’s faces with tribal marks. If we want to tackle a backward custom, let us begin with that. Not spraying of the Naira.”

He added that while acknowledging the concerns of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) regarding currency maintenance costs, Omokri proposes a more pragmatic solution: licensing. Rather than outright prohibition, licensing could provide a regulated framework that benefits both the CBN and adherents of the Yoruba spraying tradition, ensuring the sustainability of our currency while preserving cultural expression.

he wrote, ”I can understand that the Central Bank of Nigeria issued an edict outlawing it. But, is there not a better way to go about this? Yes, it cost the CBN money to maintain and keep printing new Naira notes. But what if, instead of criminalising our culture, the CBN sells licenses to anyone wishing to spray Naira? That way, they can raise the extra funds needed to maintain the Naira and even make a profit.

They can charge a flat rate of ₦25,000 per license, subject to a yearly increase, to accommodate inflation. That will be a win-win solution for the CBN and the people of Nigeria, who have embraced the Olukumi Yoruba culture of spraying. But an outright ban will not only be a setback to our culture, it will also affect our economy. Especially, the entertainment industry.”

Reno further added that stopping spraying Naira could hurt our economy. Musicians might not want to perform in places where spraying is banned, and this could lead to fewer parties and less money for businesses.

Omokri wants us to find a balance. He thinks our money should help us celebrate our culture instead of stopping us from doing so.

”If musicians are not sprayed, they are not likely to be as hardworking as they would have been. Why will King Sunny Ade go to perform in Kano if he is not going to be sprayed? It would be like how church was during the COVID lockdown. Very boring.

There would be fewer parties. Bandboys, renters of equipment, caterers, restaurateurs, hoteliers, and others will experience a reduction in patronage. The end result is that our GDP may contract. All work and no play makes the GDP grow smaller. The Naira was created for Nigerians.

Nigerians were not created for the Naira. We have to make the Naira work for us, instead of only making us work for the Naira. The Naira should not be more important than our cultures. Rather, it should help us celebrate our various cultures.”

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Source:

Tribune Online