Kano traders defy Obasanjo, endorse Buhari

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Despite the mixed reactions trailing former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, traders in Kano thursday vowed to support the president for second term.

Addressing journalists at the Kano National Union of Journalists (NUJ) press centre, the President of the traders union, Alhaji Bature Abdulaziz, stated that despite the fundamental human right of opinion possessed by Obasanjo, the former president was not in tune with the reality of the situation in the country.

Bature, who noted that the union was not partisan, stressed that the President Buhari government has revamped the rail system and road network across the country.

He insisted that considering Buhari’s relentless efforts to turn around the fortune of the country, the president deserves second term in office.

The traders, under the umbrella of National Harmonised Traders Union, posited that their support for the president is hinged on the unprecedented growth recorded so far in the area of economy, agriculture and security in less than three years.

According to them, “We thank God for granting the president wisdom to decisively fight insecurity to a halt and begins to fight the evils of our time and exposing perpetrators of violence in Nigeria.

“We want to congratulate the president for revamping the rail transport system to a 21st century standard, which when fully operational, will boost growth in the commerce sector thereby facilitating easy flow of rail traffic across the country. It will also ease the sufferings of travelers.

“We have also noticed a significant improvement in the energy sector but we expect more to be done as that sector is a major key to commerce, industry and trade in the country.”

Bature however cautioned the federal government to do more on high cost of Customs tariff and duties on imported goods.

The union also appealed to state governors in the North to give the traders sense of belonging as well as contribute as partner in progress.

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