The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has slammed Nigerians she described as “unpatriotic” for smuggling rice into the country.
The minister also blamed them for the high cost of rice in the nation and noted some of the rice which they import were not edible.
Speaking in an interview, the minister explained that smuggling activities adversely affect the economy and well-being of Nigerians, a situation she described as unfortunate particularly when some bad Nigerians have continued to smuggle in goods and products which the government has banned importation.
“In the course of getting more profit, some unpatriotic Nigerians smuggled some substandard rice into the country”.
Hajiya Zainab reiterated the government’s efforts towards curbing the activities of smugglers, pointing out that the Nigerian Customs Service, the Police, the DSS and others, are collaborating to stop the illegal activities of those sabotaging the economy.