Ngg.ng had reported in August 2019 the border closure policy embarked upon by the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government, which continues to create high cost bearing in the prices of food items and other commodities coming into the country through the Nigeria-Benin and Niger Republics borders.
At the UK-African Investment Summit on Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari had continue to defend the border closure policy of his administration.
Channels TV on Tuesday reports that, Buhari explained that, the partial closure of the borders was not caused solely because food products, particularly rice, were being smuggled into Nigeria, but also because arms and ammunition, as well as hard drugs were being ferried into the country.
Buhari said this on Monday at a bilateral meeting in London, on the sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana.
Buhari said he could not keep his eyes open, and watch youths being destroyed through cheap hard drugs, and compromised security caused by unbridled influx of small arms.
Buhari said most of the vehicles carrying rice and other food products through our land borders traffick cheap hard drugs, and small arms, under the food products. This has terrible consequences for any country,” President Buhari lamented.
Speaking further, 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 in fact the biggest victims,” he lamented.
On the time frame for reopening the borders, President Buhari said it would not happen till the final report of a committee set up on the matter was submitted and considered.