Obasanjo advises Benin on border closure

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Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo has told Benin Republic to amend its ways so that Nigeria would open her land borders currently under lock.

Obasanjo gave the advice in Addis Ababa while speaking on the margins of Policy Dialogue of African Business Associations on Implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreements.

The former president in his counsel, recounted efforts he made in office to curb the menace of smuggling in collaboration with the Nigeria’s neighbour.

He said: “It happened when I was President of Nigeria. I called the then Benin President, Nicephore Dieudonne Soglo, to let us meet at any of our border posts over the issue.

“We eventually met at Badagry (in Nigeria), where we agreed that Nigerian Customs would be stationed in Benin.

“They (the Nigerian Customs) are still there. We don’t have issues with goods manufactured in Benin — they are welcome.

“But, as long as Benin allow dumping of goods, there will always be problem with Nigeria.”

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