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Emir of Kano backs Buhari on closure of Nigeria’s land borders



The Emir of the Kano State Muhammadu Sanusi II, has expressed his satisfaction with President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to close land borders with neighboring countries.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the Royal Father described the decision as to the only way to enforce Nigeria’s anti-smuggling laws.

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He blamed the country’s porous land borders for the high incidence of tax evasion, which he said had become escape routes for individual taxes and tariffs, as well as viable channels for the diversion of petroleum products from the country.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that The monarch stressed that closing borders remain the only option for the country to resurrect its agricultural sector and develop its economy.

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“If you remember when the president came to Kano on an official visit, I talked about closing the borders with the Republic of Benin. I always felt that if you want to enforce the laws you have against smuggling you need to seal the edges, you have petroleum products that cross the borders of Nigeria to neighboring countries due to our fuel subsidies.

“There are products that enter through the border using the port of Cotonou to avoid tax revenues in Lagos. So, what happens is that we do not get the income from tariffs and tariffs and then we end up receiving the products anyway,” said. Said.

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Latest Nigeria newspaper also report thatThe emir said closing the borders was inevitable because neighboring countries are not helping to protect Nigeria’s economy. For example, if you want to protect rice producers, you must impose heavy taxes on the importation of foreign rice into the country.

“Therefore, any country that allows rice smuggling to Nigeria across its borders is doing so at the expense of our farmers who could not resist competition with foreign producers. In addition to rice and other foods, you must also understand that all illicit drugs enter this country across land borders.”