A former member of the National Assembly, who represented the Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the 8th Senate, Shehu Sani, has said the closure of Nigeria’s land borders was to inflict hardship on its citizens as it did not yield any result.
Sani added that the border closure worsened the economic situation of the country.
The ex-senator stated this on Wednesday after the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, announced after that four of the nation’s land borders have been reopened following a Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.
In August 2019, Nigeria closed its land borders in order to diminish illegal importation of drugs, small arms and agricultural products into the country from neighbouring West African nations.
Sani, in his remarks said the closure, contrary to the Federal Government’s claim, did not help boost the country’s agricultural output or rice production.
“We have not achieved anything by closing the borders but have only inflicted hardship on the border communities and Nigerians.
“The closure of borders has not stopped herdsmen and bandits from moving in with weapons.
“If it is about rice, are we now producing enough? No, we are not doing that. The cost of a bag of rice has even become more expensive because of the closure of the borders,” he said.
The former lawmaker added that the closure, which was for 16 months is not the solution to smuggling but the use of technology and the empowerment of the immigration, the military, the police, and other security personnel guarding the borders.
Sani also added that Nigeria’s terrorism has spread to its West African neighbours including Benin Republic, Chad, Cameroon, and others, noting that decisive action must be taken by the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to end insecurity in the country.