Nigeria Eurobonds rise after Emefiele’s suspension
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Nigeria Eurobonds rise after Emefiele’s suspension

Nigeria’s sovereign dollar-denominated bonds rose sharply as overseas investors welcomed the suspension late last week of Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

Emefiele oversaw multiple exchange rates that unsuccessfully sought to keep the naira strong.

The price of the West African oil producer’s eurobonds rose on Monday as much as 2.6 cents in the dollar.

This is before it moderates slightly with many issues reaching their highest prices since late January, according to Reuters.

Longer-dated maturities saw the biggest gains with the 2049 maturity up 2.353 cents to 80.231 at 07.46 GMT, according to Tradeweb data.

Nigeria is facing severe dollar shortages, forcing many people to seek out foreign currency on the black market.

In the unofficial market, the naira trades much lower than its official exchange rate.

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“We believe the changes a signal new era of focused, predictable monetary policy.

“It also signals a shift towards non-interventionism in the foreign-exchange regime,” Barclays economist, Michael Kafe, said in a note to clients on Monday.

Kafe sent the note about the suspension of the Central Bank chief, Emefiele.

President Bola Tinubu had criticised Emefiele’s handling of the naira and monetary policy at his inauguration two weeks ago.

Tinubu had promised to reset Nigeria’s ailing economy.

He has also removed a fuel subsidy and promised to consolidate the multiple exchange rates.

“The haste with which the newly elected president has begun to tackle the country’s economic challenges (e.g. the immediate removal of the fuel subsidy…) suggests that he is keen to pursue all the difficult reforms at the early stages of his term,” Kafe wrote.  (Al Jazeera/News Agencies)


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