President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR

Arms Smuggling: Buhari laments ‘some people are mercilessly’ against Nigeria

*President Muhammadu Buhari decries the situation in which some unscrupulous people have tried to undermine every policy of the government, irrespective of the good it was meant to achieve for Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In view of the heightened security challenges in Nigeria in recent times, President Muhammadu Buhari Friday, May 7, 2021, lamented that some people are “mercilessly” against the country.

Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement said Buhari spoke during the 6th regular meeting with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC), led by Prof. Doyin Salami at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

In the statement titled, ‘We’ll develop our irrigation facilities more, President Buhari assures,’ Adesina stated the PEAC observed that security challenges were having great repercussions on the country’s economy.

The President then charged leadership at every level to go back to the basics, noting that a bottom-up approach was necessary, from ward to local council, states, and federal, said the statement.

The presidential aide further quoted Buhari as decrying the situation in which some unscrupulous people tried to undermine every policy of the government, irrespective of the good it was meant to achieve for the country.

The President was quoted as “some people are mercilessly against this country.

“We closed the borders to control the smuggling of petroleum products, and check the influx of smuggled goods, arms and ammunition.

“That was when the Comptroller-General of Customs called me, saying 40 tankers laden with petrol had been impounded. I told him to sell the fuel, sell the trucks, and put the money in the treasury.”

Buhari stated: “They still brought arms and ammunition into the country, brought in rice in vehicles and motorcycles. I said shoot anyone found illegally with AK-47, yet they haven’t stopped. People must show consideration for their own country.”

The statement also quoted the President,  that the Federal Government would focus on the greater development of irrigation facilities in the country and encourage more people into agriculture.

Buhari agriculture is a good way for the country to overcome economic challenges confronting it, the statement noted.

He added: “We need to go back to the land. Technology is doing away with petroleum, but we are lucky we have other resources; gas, vast arable land, which we are not using enough.”

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