President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the closure of Nigeria’s borders was meant to strengthen the country’s security and economy and not to punish neighbouring countries. The Nigerian president made the comment when speaking at a meeting with a selected group of the Nigerian community in the UK , The Cable reports. in a statement issued after the meeting, Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, said Buhari noted that the Nigerian agricultural sector had benefited from the closure as farmers have been celebrating the decision.
He said Buhari acknowledged that the country’s food security has been helped by excellent raining seasons within the last three rainy seasons also as the federal government’s reduction in the price of fertilizers by 50%, and the Presidential Directive to the central bank of Nigeria not to give foreign exchange for food imports thereby saving the nations billions of naira.
The president also commended Nigerians in the Diaspora for their huge home remittances – over $25 billion in 2018, and lauded their individual performances in their various fields of experience .
“Explaining the achievements of his administration in implementing its three-point campaign agenda by focusing on fixing the economy, providing security and tackling corruption, the President said Nigeria’s ‘huge, vibrant youth population’ have been encouraged to go back to the farms and are “living decent and respectable lifestyles,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, in what looks like a record-breaking, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) on Thursday, January 9, said it generated N1.341 trillion as revenue for the year 2019. Daily Trust reports that the NCS said the total revenue for the year 2019 exceeded the target of N937 billion by N404bn revenue.