I Didn’t Close Borders To Punish Neighbouring Countries, Says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has once again reiterated that he didn’t close border to punish neighbouring countries.

It would be recalled that the federal government had in August partially closed its land borders

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

The president’s clarification is on the backdrop of a former Ghanaian president John Mahama’s criticism of the border closure police, saying that it would have a significant toll on many small and medium businesses, especially in neighbouring Togo, Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire that rely on inter-country trade.

But while speaking on Saturday at a meeting with a select group of the Nigerian community in Buhari said that the closure is to strengthen the country’s security and economy.

“He noted that Nigerian farmers have been celebrating the closure which has drastically reduced smuggling of agricultural produce as well as arms and ammunition,” the statement read.

“President Buhari attributed the country’s virtual food security position to the ‘very good last three rainy seasons;’ the federal government’s reduction in the price of fertilisers by 50 per cent and the presidential directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria not to give foreign exchange for food imports thereby saving the nations billions of naira.

“Commending Nigerians in the Diaspora for their huge home remittances – more than $25 billion in 2018 – the President also lauded their individual performances in their various fields of expertise.

“Explaining the achievements of his administration in implementing its three-point campaign agenda by focusing on fixing the economy, providing security and tackling corruption, the President said Nigeria’s ‘huge, vibrant youth population’ have been encouraged to go back to the farms and are “living decent and respectable lifestyles.”

“On security, he said ‘it is common sense that you can only run the country if it is secured,’ adding that the country ‘has not done badly in the northeast.’”

The president added that his administration has now focused on retrieving stolen fixed assets and returning the proceeds of the sale to the treasury through the treasury single account (TSA) “so that nobody can return them back to the convicts even after his tenure.”

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