The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has appealed to Acting-President, Yemi Osinbajo to relax the ban on importation of rice and vehicles through land borders, stressing that the ban added to the suffering of Nigerians who are already feeling the brunt of the current recession.
He made the call in Sokoto when he received Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who paid a courtesy visit to his palace.
While congratulating Osinbajo at 60, the monarch further pledged to provide sustained support, prayers and wise counsel to the government
The Sultan, who said the policies were ill-timed, said removal of the ban will help in addressing the brewing tension between the people and the government.
He said: “We will continue to serve as the voices of the voiceless and in this direction, we are calling on the federal government to look into some recent policies, especially the ban on the importation of rice and vehicles through land borders. These policies should be relaxed.
“Not doing so, will further tighten the noose on the necks of Nigerians.
” Nigerians are already going through difficult times and policies should not be taken to further aggravate the suffering of Nigerians.
“We will always work for the peace, unity, stability and even socioeconomic development of Nigeria.
“We are also assuring the government of our sustained total support, loyalty and commitment and would work towards the spiritual and temporal development of Nigerians.”