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Buhari defends decision to close borders, says Nigerians later appreciated move

Written by on May 24, 2023

President Muhammadu Buhari is saying that he deliberately shut the country’s borders to encourage food production in Nigeria. 

While the move was heavily criticised, Buhari notes that Nigerians later appreciated that decision.

He said this during the inauguration of the new Customs Headquarters in Abuja.

Buhari says Nigeria is favoured with land potential as well as the people who can till it and had no need to import what the country consumes.

Perhaps to return his goodwill in equal proportion after he conceded defeat to him in 2015, President Muhammedu Buhari has named the newly commissioned Federal Secretariat in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, after the former President Goodluck Jonathan.

President Buhari made the pronouncement at the official commissioning of the completed Federal Secretariats in Awka, Anambra State, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and Gusau in Zamfara State simultaneously yesterday, May 23, 2023.

While declaring the secretariats open virtually, Buhari noted that he approved the recommendation to dedicate the secretariats in Yenagoa, Awka and Gusau in honour of some illustrious citizens who have served the country meritoriously.

The Federal Secretariats in Awka Anambra State was named after Ebere Okiki, while the Federal Secretariats in Gusau, Zamfara State was named after Mallam Aya Gusau.

Away from the former president, former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair has paid a visit to the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, at the Defence House in Abuja.

The visit comes six days before Tinubu’s inauguration as successor to outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari.

The president-elect disclosed this in a tweet on his handle yesterday, May 23rd 2023.

It was gathered that those who attended the meeting include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima.

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