- Traditional rulers and residents in border communities of Ogun state have called for the end of Nigera's border closure
- They also urged President Buhari to rescind his order banning supply of petroleum within 20kilometres radius of the border
- The leaders said evacuation of farm produce, and poultry products by local farmers have become impossible
Traditional rulers and residents of border communities in Ogun state on Thursday, November 28 bemoaned their worsening plights with the closure of the borders.
Addressing a joint press conference in Abeokuta, the state capital, the monarchs and residents said “the policy is killing them.”
Six traditional rulers, including the Onihunbo of Ihunbo kingdom, Oba Joseph Adesiyan and renowned historian; Prof. Anthony Asiwaju, addressed the press under the aegis of Ogun West Consultative Forum (OWECOF).
They said evacuation of farm produce, and poultry products by local farmers have become impossible as overzealous border task force harassed them under the guise that farm produce were smuggled items.
The leaders of the border communities urged President Muhammed Buhari to review the border closure and bring respite to their plights.
They further urged the president to rescind his order banning supply of petroleum within 20kilometres radius of the border lamented that men of Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) have made life more miserable for them under the guise of upholding the presidential ban order on petroleum.
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OWECOF’s spokesperson, Professor Asiwaju alleged that the order, prohibiting petroleum movement by 20 kilometers to border communities has brought untold economic hardship to the innocent people living in the areas who have nothing to do with economic sabotage popularly referred to as smuggling.
He said the people of the territorial authorities and communities in border areas of Ogun state are now suffering a wide range of human abuses.
Meanwhile, the federal government has admitted that the closure of the country’s land borders is contributing to rising inflation.
This was disclosed by the minister of finance/budget /national planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed on Wednesday, November 27.
Ahmed told correspondents attached to the Presidential Villa that inflation rose due to hikes in food prices arising from border closure.
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