President Muhammadu Buhari has in a meeting with delegation of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry from Nigeria and West Africa on Friday, justified his decision to close the nation’s borders which according to him, had spurred the influx of substandard products into the country.
The President said the country has unpatriotic elements who would do anything for profit even if at the expense of the nation. He however, said the policy to close the borders has began yielding positive results as his administration rids the country of fake counterfeited products.
He said, “It is regrettable that there are traders who simply do not play by the rules; who choose profits over patriotism, and whose selfish practices in perpetrating smuggling and counterfeiting help keep foreign factories working while closing ours.
“We have all heard stories about the dangerous and sometimes fatal impact of fake drugs and foods on our citizens.
“We have also seen how fake electrical items have led to fires in homes and markets, thereby destroying lives and property.