Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has affirmed his support for the Nigerian government to close its land borders and asked the Benin Republic, to change its ways for a harmonious bilateral relationship with Nigeria.
Obasanjo stated this during a press conference on the margins of Policy Dialogue of African Business Associations on Implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreements in Addis Ababa on November 25.
The two-day policy dialogue was co-organized by the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK).
Obasanjo, who is the chair of the CoDA Board of Directors, explained that Benin’s notoriety for economic sabotage was not new, saying the practice has undermined Nigeria’s economic well being for years.
“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 a problem with Nigeria,”
He noted that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was not created to allow one country to turn itself to a dumping ground.
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