Del­e­gates want Nige­rian borders closed

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

Del­e­gates to the Na­tional Con­fer­ence said yes­ter­day that Nigeria should close its borders with Camer­oun, Niger Repub­lic and Chad to stop in­flux of in­sur­gents.

For­mer Ogun State gover­nor Se­gun Osoba and Mr Le­dum Mi­tee from the South-South and other del­e­gates at­trib­uted the recurring in­sur­gency to in­fil­tra­tion of the borders by people bent on desta­bil­is­ing the coun­try.

Osoba sug­gested im­me­di­ate clo­sure of the borders be­tween Nigeria and Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republics as an ini­tial step to curb il­le­gal bor­der cross­ing.

He said Nigeria, at present, is in a state of war and that grad­u­ally the econ­omy and the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem in the north­ern part of the coun­try were be­ing de­stroyed in a man­ner that might be dif­fi­cult to re­sus­ci­tate.

Mi­tee, who sup­ported Osoba, added that at a time like this, dirty po­lit­i­cal mud­sling­ing and blame­shar­ing must give way to de­cent rea­son­ing among po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to­wards find­ing so­lu­tions to the prob­lem.

“This is not the time to grand­stand,” he said. “We may have elders but at a time like this, we need states­men who should rise up and lead the na­tion out of this mess. This is no time for pol­i­tics.”

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