I fully support and subscribe to the closure of borders – El-Rufai
Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has thrown his weight behind the decision to have Nigeria’s land borders closed.
El-Rufai who appeared as a guest at the graduation of Senior Course Three of the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja on Friday, November 15th, stated that it is unfair that smaller countries are sabotaging Nigeria.
The governor also stated that the border closure should be sustained until fairness is created in how other countries deal with Nigeria.
“The partial closure of borders is highly commendable. Nigeria is the largest country in West Africa and the continent and it is clear that our neighbours are using our openness and brotherhood to trade, to exploit us.
“I fully support and subscribe to the closure of borders and we should sustain it for as long as possible. We need to do this for our country to have a fair deal and for our manufacturers to be protected. All those talking about free trade or preaching about it today closed their borders for centuries and decades ago.
“Nigeria must grow its internal capacity, we will not do so if we allow our neighbours to use the porosity of our borders to sabotage our economy,’’ he explained.