President Muhammadu Buhari has been appealed by the Senator representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District, Adamu Abdullahi, 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 standing out to the 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 that the opposition to border closure was coming mainly from two main quarters.
He said that Nigeria has to first consider its survival before considering the impact of the closure on neighbors.
He said Nigeria must lay the foundation for its growth to prop her industries to grow.
He said the border closure must continue until, “when the unbridled appetites for foreign consumption are brought to perpetual control’”
He added that Nigerians must be made to emulate other countries’ nationals consuming what they produce.
‘He said, “Our neighboring 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.”
He said neighboring nations’ smugglers and profiteers of the border closure, were mounting pressure on the President to reopen the border.