President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that the influx of illegals arms into the nation has reduced following the t the partial closure of Nigeria’s land borders.
President Buhari stated this on Friday when he received the President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
This was revealed in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The President explained to his guest that Nigeria’s decision to partially close the borders to goods from neighbouring countries was purely to safeguard national security.
“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,’’ he said.
The President added that the decision to take any step on the situation would only be determined by report of tripartite committee made up of Nigeria, Benin and Niger Republic.
“I will work as fast as I can as soon as I receive the report,’’ the President added.
The Burkina Faso President is the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Committee mandated to resolve the issue of border closure between Nigeria and her neighbours.