In accordance with Punch, Buhari stated the border was shut due to the huge smuggling actions, particularly of rice, occurring on the border.
Buhari defined this throughout his chat with the President of Benin Republic, Patrice Talon, throughout the seventh Tokyo Worldwide Convention for African Improvement (TICAD7), that passed off on at Yokohama, Japan on Wednesday.
The President additionally expressed nice concern over the smuggling of rice, saying it threatens all of the achievements his administration have made with its agricultural insurance policies.
“Now that our folks within the rural areas are going again to their farms, and the nation has saved enormous sums of cash which might in any other case have been expended on importing rice utilizing our scarce international reserves.
We can’t enable smuggling of the product at such alarming proportions to proceed,” he stated.
Responding to considerations raised by President Talon over the inconvenience his residents are dealing with on account of the state of affairs, Buhari stated he has plans to re-open it within the nearest future.