- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, April 17, revealed why borders in the country are closed down during elections
- Osareti Imahiyereobo, INEC’s head of voters education and publicity in Plateau state said that this is because Nigerians do not trust themselves
- Imahiyereobo said that the closure of borders greatly affected the economic growth of the nation as all businesses are on stand still during the period
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has revealed that borders are closed during elections because Nigerians do not trust themselves.
INEC’s head of voters education and publicity in state, Osareti Imahiyereobo, disclosed this in a meeting on Wednesday, April 17.
Imahiyereobo said: “The closure of all our borders has greatly affected the economic growth of the nation as all businesses are also always on standstill till after elections.
“This very action is mainly due to the lack of trust among us Nigerians and which is not good for us as a nation given its negative effects on our economy because businesses are always closed down.
“In some other nations like Zambia, borders and business premises are left open while some sensitive materials like ballot papers are always sent out to voters week before elections and their elections were not affected in any way.
”But that kind of trust and understanding can’t happen here because we as Nigerians do not trust ourselves."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that due to the presidential and National Assembly elections, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), Nigeria's minister of interior, directed that all the country's land borders be closed with effect from Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17.
The development was made public in a statement issued by the comptroller-general, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, in Abuja on Thursday, February 14.
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