Breaking: Buhari orders reopening of land borders

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    President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, approved immediate reopening of four land borders.

    The Presidency made this known in a tweet today.

    “President Buhari has directed the immediate opening of four land borders: Seme, Illela, Maigatari, and Mfun,” @NGRPresident tweeted.

    Nigeria had in August 2019 closed its land borders to curtail illegal importation of drugs, small arms and agricultural products into country from neighbouring West African nations.

    In recent months, however, there were allegations of selective approval given to some big organisations like Dangote and Bua group to use the land boarders to import and export businesses.

    Specifically, notable investment banker, Atedo Peterside said at the time: “Allowing legitimate exporters and importers to move their goods across the border should be a no-brainer. Why refuse everybody else and allow only one company (Dangote)? This is why some of us argue that the Nigerian economy is rigged in favour of a handful of well- connected persons”, he said.

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