President Muhammadu Buhari has hinted on reopening Nigeria’s border soon. He touched on the issue during his meeting with the state governors on Tuesday at the statehouse, Aso Rock, Abuja.
According to the president, Nigeria’s land borders were closed in an attempt to control smuggling of weapons and drugs across.
“In my meeting with State Governors today I explained that the closure of Nigeria’s land borders was partly an attempt to control the smuggling in of weapons & drugs. Now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we’re looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible,”the president tweeted late on Tuesday.
In August 2019, Nigeria partially closed its land borders and since October 2019, it has halted all trade via land borders. This was triggered by Nigerian authorities’ frustration with the smuggling in of rice and illicit exports of locally subsidized petrol to neighboring countries.
However, the border closure has had its harsh impact on Nigerians with the price of food commodities like rice going up. It has also hurt the economies of Nigeria’s neighbours who depend on imports into the country.