By Adedapo Adesanya The central American nation of El Salvador on Tuesday set a world-first record as it became the first country to adopt the popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, to pay for goods and services \u2013 even taxes. However, profit-takers ran to cash out from earlier gains from expectations with Bitcoin (BTC) as at 4:45 p.m. (Nigerian time) falling more than 7 per cent to N24,999,985.86. Ethereum (ETH) was not spared from this as it dropped 4.4 per cent to N1,949,999.00 while Ripple (XRP) took a 13.9 per cent hammering to sell at N613.07. Dash (DASH) crashed heavily as it lost 19.3 per cent to trade at N110,000 and was rivalled by Tron (TRX) which plunged 19.9 per cent to N45.45 while Litecoin (LTC) lost 17.3 per cent to sell at N98,201.84. The Bitcoin move in El Salvador was pushed forward by President Nayib Bukele who has long sung the praises of the digital currency and has courted controversy throughout his tenure. Mr Bukele framed the adoption of Bitcoin as needing to \u201cbreak the paradigms of the past\u201d and that \u201cEl Salvador has the right to move toward the first world.\u201d The plan is reportedly aimed at reducing or eliminating the $400 million El Salvador spends annually on commissions for remittances - largely sent from the US. The country\u2019s legislature convincingly passed the law on June 9, with 62 in favour, 19 opposed and three in abstention. This has not been without criticisms as a report released by JP Morgan, following the law\u2019s passing, found that 54 per cent of Salvadorans viewed the law as \u201cnot at all correct\u201d, 24 per cent felt the law was \u201conly a little correct\u201d and just 20 per cent were in favour of its approval. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also warned of the risks that Bitcoin adoption could present given its volatile nature, and others have raised concerns that this new legal tender could tarnish El Salvador\u2019s efforts to seek financing from the IMF. Moody\u2019s also downgraded the nation\u2019s creditworthiness when the Bitcoin Law was passed. But in the crypto community and chat rooms, many viewed the move as a welcome development with users on a popular microblogging site, Reddit, looking at a coordinated plan to buy the cryptocurrency to commemorate El Salvador's law making it legal tender. The law in El Salvador goes into effect at 3 p.m. local time (10 p.m. Nigerian Time) and citizens will be able to download a digital wallet and receive $30 in Bitcoin after entering their ID number. President Bukele on Monday announced the nation\u2019s purchase of 200 new coins, bringing its total holdings to 400 Bitcoins.