- Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is in support of the border closure by the Nigerian government
- Obasanjo wants Benin Republic to change its ways for a harmonious bilateral relationship with Nigeria
- The former Nigerian leader explained that Benin’s notoriety for economic sabotage was not new, saying the practice has undermined Nigeria's economic well being for years
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on Tuesday, November 25, affirmed his support for the Nigerian government to close its land borders.
The former Nigerian leader urged Benin Republic, to change its ways for a harmonious bilateral relationship with Nigeria.
Obasanjo made the remark during a press conference on the margins of Policy Dialogue of African Business Associations on Implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreements in Addis Ababa.
The two-day policy dialogue was co-organized by the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK).
Obasanjo, who is the chair of the CoDA Board of Directors, explained that Benin’s notoriety for economic sabotage was not new, saying the practice has undermined Nigeria's economic well being for years.
“We don’t have issues with goods manufactured in Benin — they are welcome. But as long as Benin allow dumping of goods, there will always be a problem with Nigeria,” Obasanjo said according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
He noted that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was not created to allow one country to turn itself to a dumping ground.
Recall that apart from the border closure, the federal government also announced the suspension of diesel and petrol supply to filling stations within 20 kilometres radius to all Nigerian borders.
Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, issued the directive in a memo on Thursday, November 6.
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