Eminent Nigerians on Saturday, October 26, canvassed support for President Muhammadu Buhari on the closure of Nigeria’s border aimed at boosting the nation’s economic growth.
They made the call regarding Buhari at the 2019 Investiture of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) in Lagos.
The theme of the event was: “Nigeria’s Emerging New Economy: Opportunities, Challenges and Prospects.”
A former Secretary-General, Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, said that closure of the border would boost the economic development of the country.
“We should support our foreign border closure by President Muhammadu Buhari and his ultimate importance to the homegrown policy.
“If it will be the government’s concentration in a demonstrable manner on measures for enhancing the country’s development of agriculture and agro-industry.
“And also for enhancing the country’s manufacturing capacity to be able to serve our internal consumption and export.
“It is clear that the abundant variety of Nigeria’s natural resources and our large population constitute adequate phases for the country’s economic prosperity.
“If the Federal and State Governments can show a determination to provide the necessary policy and practical support.
“And also if our citizens can be persuaded or even coerced through regulation into curbing their appetite for imported, rather than locally produced goods, there will be a tremendous turn around in the economy,” Anyaoku said.
Commenting, Dr Baba Musa, the Director-General, West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM), urged Nigerians to encourage and understand the reason for the border closure.
“The border closure was not an attempt to stifle business or discourage manufacturers from selling their goods.
“It is to check smuggling and multiplication of arms that are coming in through the borders to create insecurity in the country and to enable genuine traders to move their goods and services, through the normal channel and pay the appropriate duties and charges.
“It’s a welcome development, we have seen the outcome.
“Nigerians should encourage this until such a time that our neighbours come to terms, on the need to protect our borders from smuggling and activities that create insecurity,” Musa said.