We will laugh last, China closed borders for 40 years to become great - Ali

We will laugh last, China closed borders for 40 years to become great - Ali

- Comptroller-general of Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, has appealed to Nigerians over closure of land borders

- Many Nigerians have criticised the federal government over the closure

- Ali, however, noted that the border closure has started yielding good results for Nigerians

Despite the controversies generated by the closure of land borders by the federal government, Hameed Ali, the comptroller-general of Nigeria Customs Service, has said that Nigerians stand to get mutually rewarding benefits from the government's action.

Daily Nigeria reports that the Customs boss noted that the Peoples Republic of China closed its borders for 40 years to emerge world economic power.

Legit.ng gathered that Ali, who said this in a video trending on various social media platforms, said: “This is the government that has insisted that we must grow Nigeria, eat Nigeria. China that we go there to buy almost everything we use, closed their borders for how many years?

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“They closed it for 40 years to the whole world and today they are great China. Don’t you want to be great Nigeria?”

He also described as unfounded the notion that the closure had thrown many Nigerians into suffering, saying that “before now, we have people who could not afford three square meals.”

He said: “The notion that this border closure is what has created pressure on the suffering of the Nigerian citizens is unfounded. Before now, we have poor people. Before now, we have people who could not afford three square meals.

“Before now, we have people who do not have jobs, so for anybody to come up with the idea that because we have closed border, all of these vices are being visited on us is completely unfounded. There are no statistics to support that claim."

He said the border closure is a win-win for Nigeria, saying that Nigerian farmers have come out to testify to the benefits accrued from the closure.

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"I will tell you why. You are not a farmer. Go to Abakaliki and talk to farmers. Go to Kebbi, ask the farmers today. Go to every part of Nigeria. There is a farmer who told me that before the closure of the border, he could hardly sell a truck of milled rice in two months.

“Since we closed the borders, he has not only been able to sell what he has, he has also been going after farmers to get paddy rice and they have put money down for him to deliver. Why do we begin to think that we must be fed by foreign countries? At what point do we think that we are independent?" he queried.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government on Monday, November 4, said that it would not reopen its land borders until member nations of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) respect rules of origin.

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