Border closure: Be patient with Nigeria, Buhari tells neighbouring countries
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja said that the partial closure of Nigeria’s land border was a result of national security concerns, and affected neighbours should exercise more patience and understanding.
Receiving President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso at the Presidential Villa, Buhari explained that reopening the border would be determined by report of tripartite committee made up of Nigeria, Benin and Niger Republic.
The President of Burkina Faso is the Chairman of the ECOWAS Committee mandated to resolve the issue of border closure.
“Our major problem is security — the inflow of weapons, ammunition and drugs. 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,’’ Buhari said.
He also stated that Nigeria was very much mindful of the concerns of neighbouring countries on the issue, assuring that his administration will find an early and enduring solution.
“I will work as fast as I can as soon as I receive the report,’’ the President added.
Kabore had told Buhari that he came on the visit to Abuja following the mandate of ECOWAS to resolve the issues that culminated in the partial closure of the border.
He added that some of the challenges had been discussed, and agreed on, while urging the Nigerian leader to reconsider the position of the country.