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The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by naptu2: 8:48am On Oct 19, 2019
A Twitter user’s report about the closure of the Nigeria-Niger border.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Fan Acct @saratu
Ok, let’s do a thread on my time at the Nigeria-Niger border at Babban Mutum village in Katsina yesterday.

Ok, my images aren’t sending so will try when I’m back to civilization.

Anyway. Quick disclosure: this is one border, and I won’t extrapolate further than what I saw. There’s another border in Jibia, for example, but it was far from where I was. I had work there, too, but tired

One of the first things you notice in Babban Mutum: trucks everywhere. Everywhere. Loaded to the hilt with pretty much every household item you can think of.

Household items from those little plastic kettles people use to pray to buckets and plastics, to food to... everything. Just sitting there. Parked and abandoned by their drivers. My contact in the village told me these things have been stuck “there for a long while.”

We drove up to the border gate —if you can call it that. There’s two points where you can see a rope loosely tied to two blocks. One is on the Niger side, one on the Nigeria side. (I’ll post a photo when my internet lets me).

It is manned by Nigerian Customs officials though. They let me take a photo of their office. I teased them about how bored they must be because there’s absolutely nothing going on in the area now. they laughed and just said, “Everywhere is just dry.”

The closure of the border has been pretty hard on the local economy. I asked a fruit seller how business is, and he just shook his head and said, “what can we do?”

But here’s the thing: tough as it all is on their local economy, nobody I talked to is necessarily opposed to the blockade. “Before, when you pass, you just see big trailers passing with Rice. It is making people not eat our local rice.” Buhari’s messaging has been effective.

Another person said to me: “you see these trailers? Everything these people have is because of Nigeria. We are a great country Wallahi. We just don’t see it. See all these their household items. Without us they’re suffering. Now their president will do what Buhari wants.”

People I spoke to understand the blockade as leverage over Niger, smart politics, even if with what they hope is short term pain for their people.

worth noting, though, is that, for many, Niger is simply their backyard. Some people’s farms pretty much straddle both countries. My hunch is it’s easy to cross in and out of Niger with smaller quantities products. If they stop you, you just say “I’m just coming from the farm”

Lastly, one of the drivers from the trucks (I’ll share a photo in a bit) is actually from the area. He tells me he’s hopeful of a deal soon. “This na my chop. So I no go want make the border just to dey like this for long.”

I’ll post photos I took as soon as they’ll send.


Ok, let’s try and send images again. This is me at the border.
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Customs officials I met were lovely, and they very kindly let me take photos. I purposely didn’t take photos of any of the people I met.

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There’s a whole queue of trucks just parked, full of plastics and household items waiting to cross
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https://twitter.com/saratu/status/1185149612904140801

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by TheMainMan: 8:51am On Oct 19, 2019
cool... So almost all this small africa countries depends on us undecided

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by Olalan(m): 8:54am On Oct 19, 2019
The closure would no doubt force the neighbouring countries to take a stand against smuggling cause it's their economy that's worst hit

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by Blakjewelry(m): 8:55am On Oct 19, 2019
good one and bad one mix

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by DonBenny77(m): 9:00am On Oct 19, 2019
Few months ago Ghanaian authorities locked up shops and businesses owned by Nigerians in gh. That aside Ghanaian have bullied us enough. Revenge is served.
We have them by their balls now.

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by slimfit1(m): 9:01am On Oct 19, 2019
Look at that filthy sheet whole country border who is going to take us serious.

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by DonBenny77(m): 9:03am On Oct 19, 2019
TheMainMan:
cool... So almost all this small africa countries depends on us undecided

But they hate to admit it

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by whatisthetruth: 9:05am On Oct 19, 2019
slimfit1:
Look at that filthy sheet whole country border who is going to take us serious.

As in...

Two rusted barrels by the side of the road with one loose chain tied across.

I guess Nigeria is allergic to class on every level.

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by Racoon(m): 9:06am On Oct 19, 2019
shocked The above fella has said it.See customs men with guns in the their numbers down South.

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by Nobody: 9:14am On Oct 19, 2019
a lot of those items are imported and rebadged as local manufacture.

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by kollinz1234(m): 9:15am On Oct 19, 2019
This is a good thing, but for many it is bad because it is Buhari that has done it

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by IamCharles123: 9:15am On Oct 19, 2019
So na the border be this

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by ednut1(m): 9:16am On Oct 19, 2019
Rope as demarcator Chai

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by Pavore9: 9:16am On Oct 19, 2019
I just love crossing borders on foot. cheesy

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by lewis512(m): 9:16am On Oct 19, 2019
This is getting serious
Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by LegoxMetahuman: 9:17am On Oct 19, 2019
slimfit1:
Look at that filthy sheet whole country border who is going to take us serious.
what is border supposed to look like? paradise?

show me a beautiful border.?

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by AmazingELixir: 9:19am On Oct 19, 2019
This guy I don't like the way you write...very disjointed

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by Nuclear99(m): 9:19am On Oct 19, 2019
IamCharles123:
So na the border be this
As in ehh

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by docadams: 9:19am On Oct 19, 2019
Hmm. A border is not an abode.

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by kushercain: 9:19am On Oct 19, 2019
I don't know why I was expecting to see a man while reading through. When I saw the first pics I just smiled

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by Biritiko: 9:19am On Oct 19, 2019
Racoon:
shocked The above fella has said it.See customs men with guns in the their numbers down South.
Your point?

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by agarawu23(m): 9:20am On Oct 19, 2019
I got your message. But your write up is terrible angry sad

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Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by lyriclekidd(m): 9:20am On Oct 19, 2019
Ok

Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by nauto5: 9:21am On Oct 19, 2019
So what
Re: The Closure Of The Nigeria - Niger Border Updates By A Twitter User by Kenzboi1(m): 9:21am On Oct 19, 2019
Choi Nigeria look at the border self

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