It’s wrong to close land borders because of rice smuggling – Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani on Tuesday described the move by the Federal Government to close Nigeria’s border with an unidentified country due to rice smuggling as wrong.

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The Kaduna senator shared his point of view on his Twitter handle, he wrote; “It’s wrong to shut down the land borders ‘because of rice smuggling’.”

“Our layers of security operatives should be able to combat or prevent smuggling without suffocating legitimate businesses and stifling border communities,” Sani added.

See his tweet below:

Its wrong to shut down the land borders ‘because of rice smuggling’.Our layers of security operatives should be able to combat or prevent smuggling without suffocating legitimate businesses and stifling border communities.

On Monday, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh announced that the government was closing the nation’s border, in order to curb rice smuggling.

Ogbeh who did not mention the particular country and border, said that shutting the borders had become necessary to encourage local production and sustain the economy of the country.

The minister said that a neighbouring country was bent on destroying the economy of the country and discouraging local production of rice, hence the need to shut down the border.

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5 Comments

  1. shutting down the boarder is not the right thing. Buhari have been visiting countries for business, I wonder how that business especially in agriculture will boast with our boarders closed.

  2. ‘BEHEADING’ NOT THE CURE FOR ‘HEADACHE……SO WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF THE DIFFERENT SECURITY OPERATIVES MANNING OUR BORDERS WHEN THE BORDERS ARE SHUT? THIS IS A TYPICAL ILLUSTRATION OF A FIGHTER RUNNING AWAY FROM A FIGHT…… HMMMM…

  3. Some of us Nigerians are just a funny lot. Senator Shehu Sani saying that “our layer of security operatives SHOULD be able to combat or prevent smuggling” leaves one wondering whether Shehu Sani has just come back from the Outer Space. Is he honestly saying that even before he was born our boarders have never been effectively controlled? These “our security operatives” are they Ghanaians or Togolese? Are some of them not his constituents? And how many of them has he confronted as a concerned and supposedly patriotic Nigerian about the need for them to show love, loyalty and patriotism to their fatherland and carry out their jobs in such a manner that the entire country will benefit from the good job they are doing. And even those of us that are commenting here these “security operatives” are our brothers and sisters, who we know and have access to. How many of us have confronted them with the fact that they are not effective iv their jobs, that Nigerians are not “feeling”, positively, the job they are doing. Maybe, we can’t confront them because we are beneficiaries of the proceeds of the corruption associated with them not doing their work the way they should for the benefit of all! Bunch of hypocrites!

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