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 is a former governor of Nasarawa State, commended Buhari for rising up to challenges of insecurity.
He argued that the border closure was curing many ills afflicting the nation, including the failing economy and corruption menace.
The senator, who addressed journalists on Wednesday on the issue, said the opposition to border closure was coming mainly from two main quarters.
He said smugglers from neighbouring nations and profiteers were mounting pressure on the President to reopen the border.
He said Nigeria should first consider its survival before considering the impact of the closure on neighbours.
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.
“Republic of Benin became one of the world’s top importers of rice because of its Nigerian market. Almost all the consignments of rice it imported from Thailand, Indonesia among others, found their way to Nigeria through the Seme border.
“The government of this country is the All Progressive Congress government. 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.