- President Muhammadu Buhari is really serious about Nigeria's security
- The president said that this is the major reason he shut down the nation's land borders
- President Buhari, in meeting with President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, said that since the borders were closed the importation of illegal weapons has reduced
According to President Muhammadu Buhari, the partial closure of Nigeria's land borders were done to tighten national security.
President Buhari made this revelation on Friday, February 21, during a meeting with President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso at Presidential Villa, Abuja.
At the meeting, the Nigerian leader stated that resolutions on the issue can only be reached by a tripartite committee made up of Nigeria, Benin and Niger Republic.
Speaking on the dividends of the decision made by the federal government, the president said: "We have witnessed a decline in banditry using such weapons since the partial closure of the border.
"Also, our farmers are now able to sell their rice since we stopped the inflow of foreign rice, usually dumped in the country.’’
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari had said his administration has not decided on the time when the ban would be lifted.
The president noted that his administration was using the opportunity to rekindle the agriculture sector.
Legit.ng gathered that he said he had not given any date for the reopening of the land border until the situation improves.
A statement by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that the government’s directive would save the country billions of naira on import bills.
Receiving a delegation of Katsina state elders forum at his country home in Daura, the president said the country’s domestic fuel consumption had dropped by more than 30 per cent, following the closure of land borders.
The president commended the actions taken by the president of Niger Republic, Muhammadou Youssoufou, including the dismissal of officials and a ban on the use of the country as a dumping ground for Nigeria-bound smuggled goods.
Moreover, Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) had revealed that it was raking in between N5 billion and N6 billion daily from imports since the closure of Nigeria's land borders with neighbouring countries in West Africa.
This was disclosed by the NCS Comptroller-General Colonel Hammed Ali (rtd.) on Tuesday, February 18 at a forum in Lagos where he was represented by a senior customs official.
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