SWITZERLAND, AUGUST 29 – President muhammadu Buhari has explained the partial closure of the border between Benin Republic and Nigeria, which has led to gridlock at the border.
Buhari spoke during a meeting with President Patrice Talon on the sidelines of the ongoing 7th Tokyo International Conference For African Development in Yokohama, Japan.
In an audience granted his Beninois counterpart, President Patrice Talon, on the sidelines of the TICAD7, President Buhari attributes the partial closure of Nigeria’s border with Benin Republic to the massive smuggling activities, esp. of rice, taking place on that corridor.
“Our people in the rural areas are going back to their farms, and have saved huge sums of money which would otherwise have been expended on importing rice using our scarce foreign reserves, we cannot allow smuggling of the product at such alarming proportions to continue,” Buhari told Talon.