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Nigeria’s Border Closure – Effects and Implications

The recent closure of the Nigerian land borders by the Federal Government came as a shock to Nigerians and neighbouring countries. This temporary policy is said to be the first of many steps towards curbing the smuggling of goods, especially rice, and the illegal movement of petroleum products. This article highlights the economic effects of this border restriction on the Nigerian people, on her relationship with her African neighbours, and its impact on the country’s economy.


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