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Nigeria would have been in trouble if I didn’t close borders: Buhari

Peoples Gazette

President Muhammadu Buhari, at a bilateral meeting with Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, in New York, says Nigeria would have been in serious trouble if he did not close the borders at the time he did.

On the economy, the president said Nigeria took decisions to shut the borders, “eat what we grow, and curb smuggling”, noting that if that had not been done, “we would have been in serious trouble.”

He also told the Dutch leader that Nigeria was preoccupied with terrorists and bandits ravaging the country.

“We are preoccupied with security, and we are getting somewhere,” Femi Adesina quoted the president to have told the Dutch prime minister.

Mr Adesina, the president’s spokesman, indicated that Mr Buhari’s meeting with Mr Rutte took place on Friday, on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly.

The Nigerian leader added that the North-East and the South-South, which were the issues in 2015, stabilised, while efforts had been intensified to restore calm to the North-West, North-Central, and other restive areas.

This story first appeared in Peoples Gazette



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