- Prof Patrick Lumumba, former director of Kenya's anti-corruption commission, says Benin Republic cannot threaten Nigeria over border closure
- Lumumba slammed Nigeria for its inability to evolve a policy that would be obeyed by its citizens in relation to border issues
- The respected African called on neighbouring countries to obey whatever agreement they had reached with Nigeria in the past
A respected former director of the anti-corruption commission in Kenya, Prof Patrick Lumumba, has reacted to Nigeria's border closure and its attendant effects.
Lumumba, who spoke in Lagos after a lecture, said he understands the reasons Nigeria is shutting it borders. He added that the federal government was too big for a country like Benin Republic to threaten over the policy.
“I can understand why Nigeria is closing its borders but I am of the view that Nigeria is too big to be threatened by Benin," he said.
Lumumba, however, noted that if Nigeria had strong regulations that were obeyed by the country's citizens, then there would have been no need to close the borders.
“The medium-term is to look at the movement of goods and determine their source of origin so that Nigerian laws are not abused and to protect the Nigerian industries be it agriculture and textile.
“I agree with the government that when borders are porous, individual take advantage of it to commit criminality, but yet, I believe borders can be open without being porous," he argued.
He urged neigbouring countries to obey any memorandum of understanding they signed with Nigeria saying disobedience should carry consequences.
The former Nigerian leader urged Benin Republic to change its ways for a harmonious bilateral relationship with Nigeria.
Obasanjo made the remark during a press conference on the margins of Policy Dialogue of African Business Associations on Implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreements in Addis Ababa.
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