Border closure will revive agric, says Buhari

Vincent Ikuomola, Jibia border, Katsina

Nigeria’s border closure will rekindle interest in agriculture and revive the sector, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

The President spoke on Monday against the backdrop of the reduction in smuggling, especially rice, following the border closure for two months.

A statement on Monday in Abuja by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said President Buhari expressed confidence that the border closure will save the country billions of naira on import bills.

Receiving a delegation of Katsina State Elders Forum at his home in Daura, the President said the country’s domestic fuel consumption had dropped by more than 30 per cent, following the land border closure.

President Buhari said he had not given any date for the reopening of the border until the situation improves.

He lauded the actions taken by Niger Republic President Muhammadou Youssoufou, including the dismissal of officials and a ban on use of…

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