Senator representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District, Adamu Abdullahi, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to resist pressure on him to open the nation’s land borders for now.
Abdullahi, who happens to be a former governor of Nasarawa State, applaud Buhari for standing out to the challenges of insecurity.
He stated that the border closure was curing many ills afflicting the nation, including the failing economy and corruption menace.
The Senator,while addressing journalists on Wednesday on the issue, said that the aversion to border closure from two main quarters.
He said neighbouring nations’ smugglers and profiteers of the border closure, has being pressure on the President to reopen the border.
He added that Nigeria has to first consider its survival before considering the impact of the closure on neighbours.
He said Nigeria must lay the foundation for its growth to prop her industries to grow.
He stated the border closure must continue until, when the unbridled appetites for foreign consumption are brought to perpetual control
‘He said, “Our neigbouring countries have become gateways and transit route for all manners of commodities ranging from automobiles to foodstuffs such as rice, corns, sorghum, palm oil, tomatoes, eggs, and dairy products.
‘’The Republic of Benin became one of the world’s top importers of rice because of its Nigerian market. Almost all of the rice it imported from Thailand, Indonesia among others, found its way to Nigeria through the Seme border.
‘’The government of this country is the All Progressive Congress. We would take responsibility for whatever that happens for now to the country whether positive or otherwise.
‘’We therefore stand with this government shoulder to shoulder in support of this policy for border closure, and we are urging further that the border closure should continue.
‘’We have a duty to protect our own, if you don’t want to eat Nigerian grown rice, that’s your own problem.
‘’No national has such an unbridled appetite for imported materials, consumption of foreign foodstuffs like ourselves and that has to be brought under control.”