Border closure: Kwara monarchs commend FG, call for alternative measures

Written by on September 11, 2019

Traditional rulers in border communities of Kwara State have expressed divergent views over the partial closure of Nigerian borders to check insecurity and economic sabotage.

The monarchs, while speaking with our Staff Correspondent, Abdulrosheed Okiki who visited the border areas in Baruten Local Government recently said the development would redeem the image of their community, boost local production of food items and increase earnings of local farmers.

At his palace, the Emir of Okuta, Alhaji Idris Sero said the closure of the borders was a welcome development and in the interest of the country.

He maintained that the Federal Government took the decision to strengthen security in the country which he said was of utmost priority of any government.

Alhaji Sero called on residents of Okuta district not to entertain any fear and go about their legitimate business, saying that the unusual security presence was for positive purposes.

Also speaking, the Emir of Yashikira, Alhaji Umar Usman Sariki said the development would cleans the image of his community serving as route for the smuggling of various commodities.

He explained that most businessmen and women involved in smuggling activities were not citizens of border area and called on Nigerians to be law abiding.

Alhaji Umar Sariki however noted that the community depends on Niki, in Parakou area of Benin Republic for health care services which the closure had hindered them from accessing and other socio-cultural exchanges which hitherto took place on weekly basis.

On his part, the Emir of Gwanara, Alhaji Sabi Idris Kotokotogi however lamented that the closure of the borders had started taking its tolls on the community.

Alhaji Sabi Idris appealed to the federal government to deploy measures to cushion the effect of the closure on border communities.

It would be recalled that the Assistant Comptroller General of Customs in charge of Customs Inspection, Investigation and Enforcement, Aliyu Dahiru had over the weekend in Ilorin explained that the recent closure of Nigeria border posts by the Federal Government is meant to check insecurity and boost the economy.

WRITTEN BY : Abdulrosheed Okiki @okikitweets

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