Anyaoku, others back Nigeria’s border closure

The President Muhammadu Buhari led administration decision to close Nigeria’s border has been welcomed by some eminent Nigerians who expressed their support for the decision.

They made their position known at the 2019 Investiture of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) on Saturday in Lagos.

A former Secretary-General, Commonwealth of Nations, Emeka Anyaoku, said that closure of the border would boost economic development of the country.

He said, “We should support our foreign border closure by President Muhammadu Buhari and his ultimate importance to the homegrown policy.”

He observed the government should receive support on its decisions aimed at enhancing homegrown agriculture produce, noting that when Nigerians patronize locally made goods, it will faciliating a tremendous turn around in the economy.

Commenting, Baba Musa, the Director-General, West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM), urged Nigerians to encourage and understand the reason for the border closure.

“The border closure was not an attempt to stifle business or discourage manufacturers from selling their goods.

“It is to check smuggling and multiplication of arms that are coming in through the borders to create insecurity in the country and to enable genuine traders to move their goods and services, through the normal channel and pay the appropriate duties and charges.

“It’s a welcome development, we have seen the outcome,” he added.

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