NLNG Corporate Caring banner FirstGem 3rd anniversay lecture Fidelity bank card banner Emerald Energy Institute Camano banner

Why we closed Nigeria’s border with Benin – Buhari

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Abuja on 28/08/2019

Gmail icon

Views: 800

•President Buhari
•President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday explained that the partial closure of Nigeria’s border with the Benin Republic was due to the massive smuggling activities, especially of rice, taking place on that corridor.

President Buhari stated this when he had an audience with his Beninois counterpart, Patrice Talon, on the margins of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD7), in Yokohama, Japan on Wednesday.

The President, who expressed great concern over the smuggling of rice, said it threatened the self-sufficiency already attained due to his administration’s agricultural policies.

According to him, “Now that our people in the rural areas are going back to their farms, and the country has saved huge sums of money which would otherwise have been expended on importing rice using our scarce foreign reserves, we cannot allow smuggling of the product at such alarming proportions to continue.”

President Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina said the limited closure of the country’s western border was to allow Nigeria’s security forces develop a strategy on how to stem the dangerous trend and its wider ramifications.

Responding to the concerns raised by President Talon on the magnitude of suffering caused by the closure, President Buhari said he had taken note and would reconsider reopening in the not too distant future.

He, however, disclosed that a meeting with his counterparts from Benin and Niger Republics would soon be called to determine strict and comprehensive measures to curtail the level of smuggling across their borders.

President Talon had earlier called on the Nigerian President to reconsider the closure as a result of the severe impact it was having on his people.

In another development, President Buhari received in audience, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa during which issues of common bilateral relations especially, the killings of Nigerians in South Africa, were discussed.

The matter will be further examined during the Nigerian leader’s official visit to Pretoria in October 2019.  (Vanguard)

Source News Express

Posted 28/08/2019 7:02:14 PM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Rejection of Buhari’s anti-people policies by National Assembly...

Alaafin names Aregbesola ‘Omoluabi of Yorubaland’

IGP restores salaries of officer after radio talk...

Alleged N7.65bn Fraud: Appeal Court dismisses Orji Kalu’s...

Cross River records Lassa fever death

BREAKING NEWS: Buhari appoints new DSS DG

Presidential poll: Results were transmitted electronically – INEC...

Buhari stops salaries of workers not captured on...

Court remands soldier in prison custody over rape...

How Ex-Governor Suswam diverted proceeds from sales of...

Alleged $9.3m arms deal: It’s about Nigeria; not...

Saraki advocates global support for clean energy •Receives...

 

Latest News 4 persons arrested over illegal possession of lion in Lagos Lawmakers jittery as constituents demand explanation over N1trn constituency projects Presidential Committee endorses Magu for re-appointment as EFCC Chairman Satguru Maharaj Ji backs Tinubu, Peter Obi for 2023 Presidency Father chains, locks up 10-year-old son over refusal to attend school NAF kills ISWAP leaders, destroys meeting venue in Borno Customs appoints 1 DCG, promotes 2,508 officers ASUU accuses Buhari administration of ‘greatest corruption in the land’ PDP Senators reject Bayelsa, Kogi election results No one can bring down your government, Ibadan youths assure Makinde Police arrests teacher who threatened to kill pupil after anal sex with him Bayelsa poll: We’ve no report against Jonathan — PDP NWC

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (564,225 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (452,966 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (402,258 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (336,744 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (304,299 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (282,896 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (259,301 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (257,540 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (239,052 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (225,474 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (201,856 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (198,511 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (110) Business & Economy (4,580) Business Verdict (87) Columnists (1,145) Complaints & Requests (97) Enterprise & Opportunities (219) Entertainment (708) Features (845) Global Business Monitor (493) ICT Monitor (68) International (4,224) Interview (211) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (176) Maggie's Blog (490) News (54,202) Opinion (1,423) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,782) Religion (1,122) Sports (2,229) Stock Watch (40) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera