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Naira Volatility: FG to Ban Naira from Crypto Trading Platforms

By Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

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In an escalatory effort towards controlling naira volatility, the Nigerian government is taking a significant measure: FG is to ban naira from all peer-to-peer (P2P) crypto trading platforms. 

According to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Director General Emomotimi Agama, the move comes amidst increasing control over growing crypto space in Nigeria during a recent meeting with the Nigerian Blockchain Industry.

Naira Volatility: FG to Ban Naira from Crypto Trading Platforms

Accusations of Currency Manipulation Fuel FG’s Delisting Decision

The decision of FG to ban naira from crypto trading platforms comes from concerns on the use of P2P crypto platforms to manipulate the foreign exchange market. 

An allegation was made by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, recently, stating that $26 billion found its way through Binance Nigeria last year alone from unknown sources. 

These hidden transactions, according to authorities, fuel currency speculation and exacerbate the devaluation of the naira.

Impact on the Crypto Market: Experts Divided on FG’s Ban

There has been much debate about what effects this decision by FG to ban naira from crypto trading platforms would cause. 

While the government hopes to stop speculative activity, some experts argue out other potential outcomes. 

One biggest worry however is how this will pile more challenges on the already weakened naira rate. 

Crypto traders who currently use the naira for their different crypto transactions, may be forced to use alternative currencies like the US dollar, thereby causing further demand and weakening the naira’s value.

Is a Complete Ban Coming After FG Bans Naira from Crypto?

The announcement of the decision of FG to ban naira from crypto trading platforms follows a period of heightened government scrutiny of the crypto industry. 

In 2021, CBN placed a ban on banks facilitating transactions by crypto service providers only for it to be lifted in December 2023. 

Therefore, the recent scramble against P2P sites makes one wonder what the future holds in that regard. 

No official confirmation has come out indicating whether there will be total cessation of trading in cryptocurrencies or not but for now all we know is that there is a more cautious approach from the regulators with the current trajectory. 

Read More: Naira’s Unending Fall: Nigerian Authorities Ban Access to Crypto Exchanges

Alternative Solutions and the Path Forward After FG Bans Naira

The plan of FG to ban naira from crypto trading platforms, though controversial, indicates the Government’s willingness to inject more stability and predictability into the financial sector. 

However, an all-out ban on cryptocurrencies might not solve the problem effectively. 

Experts suggest taking into consideration other methods besides full prohibition. 

It has been proposed that such approaches include strong KYC (Know Your Customer) procedures along with stringent AML (Anti-Money Laundering) laws for shores where these transactions occur electronically as well as physically or even through a blend thereof. 

Through these moves potential illegal transactions could be discovered leading to their prevention.

A Delicate Balance: Regulation vs. Innovation

The Nigerian government is caught between two extremes. 

On one hand, it has to deal with real issues surrounding currency volatility and financial crimes. 

On the other hand, it also has to find ways to encourage innovation in the fast-changing world of cryptocurrency. 

Balancing between control and promotion of a sound crypto ecosystem will be the key priority in subsequent years.

The FG’s decision to ban naira from P2P crypto trading platforms marks a significant development in the ongoing saga of cryptocurrency regulation in Nigeria. 

As the situation unfolds, stakeholders across the industry – government, regulators, and blockchain enthusiasts – will be closely watching the next steps taken to ensure a future where there is both financial stability and technological progress.

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Oluchukwu Ikemefuna
Oluchukwu Ikemefuna

Oluchukwu Blessing Ikemefuna, a talented content writer from Anambra, Nigeria, found her writing passion in secondary school. Holding a degree in Biological Sciences from Federal University of Technology, Owerri, she specializes in blog writing across technology, finance, healthcare, education, and lifestyle sectors. With strong research and SEO skills, Oluchukwu creates engaging content globally. Her work aims to inspire and engage authentically while driving action. Outside work, she enjoys travel, reading, and movies as she grows as a skilled writer.

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