Buhari defends $1.9bn Nigeria-Niger Republic railway project

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has protected his choice to develop rail routes and streets stretching out into Niger Republic.

Buhari said this during a meeting on Arise Television which broadcasted on Thursday.

The President said borders were discretionarily drawn by the French colonialists without taking into cognisance the social likenesses of individuals of Niger and Nigeria even as he uncovered that he has first cousins in Niger Republic.

He contended that individuals of the South-West comparably have cousins in adjoining Benin Republic.

The President said another explanation the rail line is being developed is to support the cordial relationship with Niger which has assisted Nigeria with keeping Boko Haram psychological militants from acquiring liberated admittance into Nigeria.

Buhari added, “In the event that you review, when I came, I went to Chad, I went to Niger, I went to Cameroon. See what occurred with Boko Haram. On the off chance that we were not in a decent connection with Niger, Chad and Cameroon, Boko Haram would have done more regrettable things to us and you say I am going to Niger.

“I disclosed to you the boundary among us and Niger is 1, 500km. What’s more, Niger (sic). I addressed one French man and I needed to disclose to him this. He talked jabber and I revealed to him look, in 1885, you plunked down and defined boundaries (limits). I said I have first cousins in Niger. There are Kanuris, there are Hausas, there are Fulanis in Niger Republic similarly as there are Yorubas in Benin. You can’t totally cut them off.”

He contended that the new rail would assist Nigeria with rivaling Benin Republic which has cornered entrepot exchange the area.

Buhari said Niger, which is a landlocked country, has found oil, and Nigeria doesn’t need them to do exchange through Benin Republic.

“We need them to come through Nigeria. We need them to send their fares through Nigeria,” the President said.

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