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Bayo Onanuga, presidential spokesperson deletes statement announcing duty-free food importation

The Nigerian Government has detoured over earlier announcement of approval of a “150-Day Duty-Free Import Window for Food Commodities, saying the suspension of taxes on importation of food commodities is not yet official.

Penpushing reports that it is recalled that on Monday the presidential spokesperson, Bayo Onanuga, in a statement announced that President Bola Tinubu has approved the duty-free importation of major food items like rice, beans and wheat, as part of efforts to address rising food prices in the country.

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The pronouncement, however, took another dimension of Tuesday as Onanuga who earlier quoted the Minister of Agriculture Abubakar Kyari on the announcement posted on his official X page, suddenly deleted a few minutes after it was published on his page

Penpushing further reports that the statement posted by the president’s aide was still being reviewed by relevant MDAs before it was leaked, as it was learnt that the Minister did not hold any press conference in regards such announcement.

The statement was forwarded to Onanuga to review, but the Ministry was surprised that he posted it, as it was still been reviewed, said a top official at the ministry, who asked not to be named since he was not authorised to speak on the matter

‘The Agric minister did not hold any briefing yesterday. The statement was forwarded to Onanuga to review but we are surprised that he posted it. It’s still being reviewed. There is nothing we can do about it. As you can see, he has deleted the post’, the top management staff said.

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