President Muhammadu Buhari says he deliberately shut the country’s borders to encourage food production in Nigeria.
He said this during the inauguration of the new Customs Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday.
The president said though his decision to close the country’s borders was criticized, Nigerians would later appreciate his decision.
He, however, noted that only God can effectively guard Nigeria’s border from Lake Chad to Benin Republic.
According to Buhari, “So you need a person who has the energy and the competence to supervise.
“I deliberately closed the borders because, knowing Nigerians, they order rice, give some to Niger and the rest, and then they bring the rice here.
“So closing that border, 1,600 kilometres, Nigerians insist they eat boiled rice – you eat what you grow or you die. I tried to make my point and later Nigerians appreciated it.”
Buhari had closed down Nigeria’s border due to the importation of rice and smuggling of arms.