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Border closure not a punishment – PMB

President Muhammadu Buhari and World Heavy weight champion in a handshake, while others s look on, during a meeting with Nigerian community in the UK on January 18, ahead of the UK-Africa investment summit. Photo: twitter Tolu Ogunlesi

President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerians residing in the UK that the partial closure of the country’s borders was not to punish her neighbours, but to strengthen the security and economy.

He said the period of closure would be used for stock-taking, saying Nigerian farmers are celebrating the decision, which enhanced market viability of their produce.

It has also drastically reduced smuggling of agricultural produce as well as arms and ammunition.

President Buhari attributed the country’s food security position to the favourable rainfall in the last three seasons; the federal government’s reduction in the price of fertilizers by 50 per cent and a presidential directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria not to give foreign exchange for food imports, thereby saving the nation billions of naira.

He Nigerians in the diaspora for their huge remittances of over $25 billion in 2018.

The three-point campaign agenda of; fixing the economy, providing security and tackling corruption, the President said the administration will not relent in its quest.

President Buhari said his administration will continue to  focused on retrieving stolen fixed assets and returning the proceeds of the sale to the treasury through the Treasury Single Account (TSA).

The Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua, while presenting his title belts to the President Buhari in London.

He congratulated the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua, who was the cynosure of all eyes during the meeting, for putting Nigeria on the world map again like Hogan Bassey.      

Anthony Joshua, who later presented his belts to the President, pledged to stand up for Nigeria anytime she needed him.

Abdallah Bello

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