Real Reason I Ordered Closure Of Border – President Buhari
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has given the important reason he ordered the closure of the nation’s borders against West African neighbors.
He said the closure was only about rice smuggling, but also because arms and ammunition, also as hard drugs, were being ferried into Nigeria.
Holding a bilateral meeting Monday in London at the sidelines of UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, the Nigerian leader said he couldn’t keep his eyes open, and watch youths being destroyed through cheap hard drugs, and compromised security caused by the unbridled influx of small arms.
“When most of the vehicles carrying rice and other food products through our land borders are intercepted, you discover cheap hard drugs, and little arms, under the food products. This has terrible consequences for any country,” President Buhari said.
He said it had been regrettable that the partial border closure was having a “negative economic impact on our neighbors,” but added that “we cannot leave our country, particularly the youths, endangered.”
The President said the Sahel region was awash with small arms, which accounts for severe security challenges in Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso , Niger, and Nigeria.
“We are actually the most important victims,” he lamented.
On time-frame for reopening the borders, President Buhari said it might not happen till the ultimate report of a committee found out on the matter was submitted and thought of .
“We will get things sorted out. Our farmers, especially those that grow rice, now have a market and are happy, and that we also are concerned about hard drugs and weapons. Once the committee comes up with its recommendations, we’ll sit and consider them,” the President said.
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