- President Buhari said Nigerians are happy with his government’s decision to close all land borders
- The president made this known through Atiku Bagudu, the governor of Kebbi state who represented him at an event
- Speaking on behalf of the president, Bagudu said the border closure was done to protect Nigeria’s local manufacturers
President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly says Nigerians are happy with the federal government’s closure of all land borders.
According to a report filed by The Sun, the president said he decided to close the border with the sole aim of supporting local manufacturers.
Legit.ng gathers that the governor of Kebbi state, Atiku Bagudu, said this on behalf of President Buhari at the second edition of the national unity food fair organised by the National Council for Women Society (NCWS) in Abuja.
President Buhari also reportedly explained that the border closure did not stop international trade, adding that the move would promote dignified trade.
“Nigeria has hard-working men and women across the 36 states, with a committed government to support them earn more values for what they produce. So, we are not ending trade with countries or organisations with genuine intentions but taking steps to ensure that it is done in accordance with global best practices and trade laws,” the president was quoted to have said.
Also speaking at the event, the minister of women affairs, Pauline Tallen, said the fair was organised as part of Nigeria’s way of joining other countries of the world to celebrate the International Day of Rural Women.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari had permitted the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to use drones in monitoring all borders.
Also, the NCS, following the order from the president to close all land borders will henceforth make use of other forms of sophisticated geospatial technology in its surveillance duties and operations.
A source in the service revealed that this is in keeping with the recent e-Customs initiative introduced by the federal government that will bring about upgraded security on all Nigerian borders.
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