Is The Federal Government Right With It's Decision To Close Neighboring Borders?

The Federal Government announced the closure of neighboring borders accross the country, with the aim to curb snuggling of contraband goods and ammunitions into the country especially from the northern part of the country. That of Benin-Nigeria (Lagos) is aimed at stopping the smuggling of rice and other food stuff tagged contraband.

On the side of the citizens, most of them average Nigerian people lament the suffering and hardship this action has brought on them such as the hike in food price (especially Rice) others lament the action has crippled their business, even students are unable to return back to their various schools .

In your opinion, what do you think of this action? Do you think the government is taking the right steps? At the end will this be of negative or positive impact on the society and economy?

Comments Reply
  • Very right decision. In as  much as we are looking at the business effect of it we should also consider security like wise. All smuggling activities has been done through those borders from arms to impounded goods.

    - Charles Igala - 2019-09-27 18:26:18 Quote

  • This is a good idea by the government as it will help reduce boundary interference - a situation whereby people migrate to another area to do illegal businesses. This exercise by the government, will heko reduce societal pressure and fear resulting from people who do things in an illegal manner.

    - Emmanuel Agbasielo - 2019-09-27 18:29:26 Quote

  • I disagree for the federal government trying to close our neighboring village, because for the pass one month, things have been so cost,some people can't avoid it,I plead on behalf of nigerians that the federal government should not close our neighboring village.

    - Daniel Obinna - 2019-09-27 18:30:53 Quote

  • for the government to close the border, that is to help reduce the rate of smuggling like you said, it s a nice and welcome development only if the government have already bring a lasting solution so that those things that are being smuggled can be produced in a standard way here, it will also help in busting the economy of the country , on the northern side of the country, weather they close the bother there or not there crime act still goes on because of what best known to them in the north,they belive they own this country , this thing they did is only affecting the easterners and westerners in there business so a suggestion i should give is that the seme border should be open till when there is a replacement to those things being smuggled into the country.

    - Eke Kingsley - 2019-09-27 18:31:07 Quote

  • That decision that the President of Nigeria has made to close the borders, is really a bother to the citizens of Nigeria, because closing the border also resulted to the little income of foods in the country, thereby resulting into hunger in the country, I think the president should rethink about his decision! 

    - Don Simon® - 2019-09-27 18:39:19 Quote

  • The idea is really a nice one, especially in our agricultural sector. But I would advice the federal Government to help our agriculturists in mechanising their farms as this will help them produce more so as not to affect the country badly.

    - Adindu Samuel - 2019-09-27 18:42:14 Quote

  • The Federal Government is insensitive to the plight of the poor masses. How can Federal Government ban rice and other food stuffs into the country while they go out of the country to eat foreign rice or better rice.. they go abroad too for better health care and cannot fix our local hospitals to standard.                        Our government is not considering the suffering of the poor masses. Believe me. 

    - Light Udoyo - 2019-09-27 18:42:48 Quote

  • What the federal government is doing is both good and bad.. At least it helps to curtail the level of smuggling going on in the country. It will always have side effects on the innocent citizens. Everyone just has to be patient and enduring, very soon everything will be alright. 

    - Okafor Chigaemezu Ifeanyi - 2019-09-27 18:47:38 Quote

  • it is a good decision but I have a problem with the timing. As far as I know we have not got everything right yet in the country and the government should have given a one year notice of its intention so people could prepare for what is to come

    - Okereka Destiny Efejeror - 2019-09-27 18:48:53 Quote

  • Being sincere with you, this is bad for the economy of Nigeria and even the neighboring countries. 

    The worse part is this won't even put an end to smuggling. These bandits will always find a way around it, unfortunately those that do business legitimately between both countries are suffering because of this closure.

    - Opeyemi Agbabiaje - 2019-09-27 18:49:32 Quote

  • If the reason for closure of our borders is to stop the smuggling of contraband, then it's a good decision. But the government shouldn't stop at closing the borders. They should ensure that the economy has a robust manufacturing sector and the right agricultural practices are successfully implemented, hence there will be no need for smuggling in contraband items. Also security at the borders should be tightened and the rule of law enforced vigorously so as to deter smugglers. 

    - Chinelo Amaka - 2019-09-27 18:59:04 Quote

  • To be sincere, i feel this is a necessary step to take in fostering development of the country. Although it is a long ride, i believe it would be worth it at the end. But let me expressly say that that is a good plan, the present Nigeria is not ready for it as a result of corrupt practices.

    - Samuel ogunshina - 2019-09-27 19:00:47 Quote

  • About this matter, my own view in this situation is that this will help our farmer, and we citizen also, because before China be like this, They have suffered a lot, and when there president realise there mistake, they close all the boarder. And ask all the citizen to showcase there Talent. That is when government stood with them by helping them with money.

    NowChina Export percent is more than Import.

    - Oyekola Olamide - 2019-09-27 19:04:16 Quote

  • Every country formulate policies for the benefit of its citizen. With globalization the world is reduced to a small village likewise trade with other countries. For Nigeria to close it's borders in a world of globalization and free trade is not a good development. Firstly it would create hardship in causing the price of food stuff to go up as we are yet to be self sufficient in food production. Secondly it would negate the free trade principle of Africa countries.

    - Henry Moore - 2019-09-27 19:07:25 Quote

  • In my own opinion, closing the border is not a bad thing to do because it will enhance the development of local industries but the failure of the government to put in place some shock absorber (especially the issue of rice) is really a bad thing. The government should have subsidized the local rice and make it more cheaper and available for people before deciding to lock out foreign rice. This would have ease the suffering of the people. If the rice is cheaper like #8000, I am sure people gradually stop the purchase of foreign rice. 

    - Gbolagade Kazeem - 2019-09-27 19:27:28 Quote

  • Nothing goo come easily. 

    Moreover those that will be affected much are those dat are into contraband goods. 

    I believe dis action will make u value our locally made goods. And thus will in return lead to increase in our country GDP. 

    - Abiona Olawale - 2019-09-27 19:29:10 Quote

  • Yes government is taking the right step because there will be no way of smuggling drugs to other country and unlike the south Africa people killing our citizen in their country if the boarder has been closed before the people that are being killed go there there won't be such 

    - olalekan Adetutu - 2019-09-27 19:47:49 Quote

  • What I see in that case of federal government closing down all the border is very bad and not going to be in anyway favour Nigeria or the mass, Nigeria can never be an island we will still need other country t survive, why would a Third World country like Nigeria be closing down it's border, I see no sense in this acts

    - Adebayo Gbenga - 2019-09-27 19:51:43 Quote

  • Everything has a positive side and a negative side. The advantage of this action is that the smuggling of contraband ammunitions will be eradicated which will reduce the rate of crime, violence and terrorism drastically. But the issue of closing out for students to return to school is not really good at all. 

    - Ndukwe Ikechukwu - 2019-09-27 19:52:05 Quote

  • I think it's a good idea actually, as an Agriculturist, if Nigerians keep importanting foods and stuffs from outside, agriculture in Nigeria will not grow well and again in the aspect of smuggling of ammunition, it's dangerous for the people including those complaining too and it doesn't leave out those studying in the neighboring country. 

    - Owolabi Ayomide - 2019-09-27 20:14:28 Quote

  • I sincerely do not understand the rationale behind the closure of the borders. What in my opinion the government should have done is to help Nigerian industries to improve on their products that way, manufacturers would do more to encourage made in Nigeria products. 

    - Pascal Ohanma - 2019-09-27 20:14:45 Quote

  • I am 100% in support of closing our borders. Because of what government have said: our neighborhood countries were allowing many illegal things to be imported into our country, so since these countries can't do anything to prevent this for us, we suppose to do something for the better ness of our country.

    Alot of illegal arms, expired vehicles and clothes, hard drugs and much more are all imported through there.

    - Najib Sani - 2019-09-27 20:31:05 Quote

  • I am 100% in support of closing our borders. Because of what government have said: our neighborhood countries were allowing many illegal things to be imported into our country, so since these countries can't do anything to prevent this for us, we suppose to do something for the better ness of our country.

    Alot of illegal arms, expired vehicles and clothes, hard drugs and much more are all imported through there.

    - Najib Sani - 2019-09-27 20:31:13 Quote

  • We have to tell ourselves the truth in this country, this measure have crippled a lot of businesses. Come to the south east and see how people are lamenting, the market is dull, the prices of goods hiked, nothing is moving well.

    Closing the border because of contraband goods is ok oo, but I want to ask something, how many goods produced in Nigeria is well patronized by the so called government? Have you seen any government officials patronizing locally made rice or other things produced in Nigeria? 

    We have a great problem in this country but I wouldn't want to say much about it. The border closing is not the right choice, coupled with the current hardship in the country. God help Nigeria 

    - Ikenna Henry Onyemekesi - 2019-09-27 20:45:18 Quote

  • Actually I understand what the government is trying to do it's just like the situation of the ancient tigers in the likes of hong Kong,Japan,etc. Before these countries become part of the leading economies in the world now they applied the same approach by closing all their borders and it really took them to where they are today but in the case of Nigeria, where the government failed is that after closing the borders, they didn't provide alternative means for citizens to earn money.

    - Oke Olamilekan - 2019-09-27 20:50:49 Quote

  • We all know the economic situation of our dear country Nigeria. I believe our president doesn't put this into consideration before closing the neighbor country's borders. We have no stable resources that can make the country survive with importation. To me it's not a good idea.

    - Ayeni Oluwatosin - 2019-09-27 20:53:55 Quote

  • The federal government should please also consider the aspect of affecting our brothers whoa Rae out there in search of what to make ends meet.  It will be difficult for them to move around 

    - Somto Obiekezie - 2019-09-27 21:01:11 Quote

  • It's a good thing but what is the essence of closing the border when we barely produce things here isn't that ridiculous? You can only close the Border If you know you manufacture those things your citizens go outside to import

    - Christian Onwuka - 2019-09-27 21:02:27 Quote

  • The federal government are totally right with the decision made thus far, we all know that contrabands are being smuggled into the country from the borders but it's now becoming too much in Nigeria where the government have no choice but to shut down the border and find a means to minimize this act. 

    - Abdulmaleek Habib - 2019-09-27 21:18:17 Quote

  • I think the federal Government should reconsider on that because a lot of people have gone hungry and the number would even increase since things are just getting costlier. Unless they have something to do to solve that, a lot of people will be pained. 

    - Abimbola Jemilat - 2019-09-27 21:52:30 Quote

  • If the action can be balanced, it will be good. Close neighboring borders and make life easier and cooler for the citizens but on the contrary,closing borders and causing economic inflation will distabilize the lives that is been managed at the moment

    - Godson Omejua - 2019-09-27 22:11:37 Quote

  • I for one below its a very wise decision because if those harmful contrabands aren't stopped we the citizens are the ones to suffer it and if illegal ammunitions ain't stopped it'll enable the robbers and terrorist organizations to wreck havoc in the country

    - Ibrahim Amir - 2019-09-27 22:29:25 Quote

  • If the Federal government decision to close neigbouring borders be for the interest of the Nigerians in the country to protect them against external security challenges so be it. Else, if closing of borders will inflict hardship on the people of the country then it does the country no good. The government should always ensure that policies are made for the interest of the people.

    - Michael Eboh - 2019-09-27 22:32:25 Quote

  • It's really an intelligent decision. Security of lives matters too. This will create proper monitoring of what comes in and goes out of the country. If this is not done, their will be steady illegal importation of ammunitions by unwanted bodies and this will pose a serious challenge to the protection of lives and properties of the country. 

    - Okonkwo Blessing - 2019-09-27 22:50:49 Quote

  • Closing the border is a nice approach but looking at it from another angle it has had a negative impact on the business of other individuals who tend to buy goods and transport them through land borders as some traders who have paid thier duties and has been cleared are yet to get thier wares through the border.

    The government should take another step by taking thier time to check mate whatever goes through the land borders and not close it down totally

    - Eromose Samuel - 2019-09-27 22:52:02 Quote

  • To me they are wrong with the following points of mine:1 you cannot close border when you have not plan how to produce those things that you have been importing before. 2 they Government are not supporting those that are trying to manufacture new things 

    - Ani Kingsley - 2019-09-27 22:52:46 Quote

  • That action is the wrong thing cos a lot of people would be affected by it, those who have businesses and those that are schooling abroad would be highly affected by the action, there are some courses that are not done in this Nigeria. Rice should not be banned too, Nigerians don't have what it takes to grow rice for a large number of people in the country.

    - Ime Henry - 2019-09-27 22:56:05 Quote

  • Firstly i have to say that  the idea is unique but we have to consider some factors. Considering the fact for the past one month and now the government of Nigeria decided to close the border, you can see many businesses are not moving well most of our neighbouring countries that come into Nigerian to buy goods are finding it so difficult to enter. The poor masses are suffering for it please the government should find a better way to do it thanks

    - Ezike Ikechukwu Samuel - 2019-09-27 22:56:29 Quote

  • This is a very acceptable and commendable solution to the crucial issues on ground which has left over 80% percent of the country hopeless of the terrorists activities. With these now, it is most likely for it to reduce or stop permanently 

    - Adeniyi Ebenezer - 2019-09-27 22:57:26 Quote

  • I think that's a wrong decision from the government

    They are making rash decisions these day's

    A lot of people do trade with neighbouring countries and by closing the boarders, you're closing lots of businesses thereby increasing unemployment in the country

    - Joseph Lawrence - 2019-09-27 23:16:41 Quote

  • I believe that the closing of the borders would increase the hardship on Nigeria and would lead to a further hike in the prices of items.  If at all the borders should be closed,  provision must be made for the other individuals to have a means of surviving. 

    - Temiloluwa Amurawaiye - 2019-09-27 23:19:50 Quote

  • They are very wrong; in the sense that we haven’t develop so well in our local made product even our so call product is more expensive  than those foreign products that are been shipped in. Before blocking or closing neighborhood bother we should have good quality and quantity of local made products. 

    - Samuel Olajide - 2019-09-27 23:39:41 Quote

  • The government is right for doing so and wrong for not doing the real needed course. They closed the border to stop smuggling of rice into Nigeria. Do they have any measure this  help the Nigerian farmers grow more rice because of our population. 

    The government is only happy to make the poor ones suffer. 

    - Oladapo Kolawole - 2019-09-27 23:58:43 Quote

  • It is the right decision for now.  As we all know that most expecially rice is been grown in our country which should be bringing in high revenue but due  to a large importation of this commodity and smuggling there hasn't been a large revenue series from our locally made rice. 

    How can a country always depend on the works of another. We have graduates in many areas but due to low industrialisation there is no show case of there abilities. I think the federal government is making a nice progress. 

    - Oluwatumininu Abel - 2019-09-28 00:31:26 Quote

  • Most people do not understand the real reason behind the closure of surrounding borders. Nigeria has become too dependent on imported goods and utilities thereby reducing production in Nigeria. In order for us to grow, we must start by doing things ourself. Some people are complaining about the increase in price of goods since the closure of the borders, but it is only temporary. Once we start producing these things all over Nigeria, the price will regulate itself.

    - Aliyu Gana Aliyu - 2019-09-28 07:54:13 Quote

  • I think the government should face more pressing issues and stop playing around. It's not like smuggling is a good thing but if they want to stop the smuggling of rice, they should boost our agriculture sectors to produce more so we won't have problem with food. If you have enough in your house what business do you have going outside. 

    - Emmanuel Achimba - 2019-09-28 08:27:49 Quote

  • It is a right step taken by the Presidency, I think there should also be measures set in place to checkmate the inflow of Amunitions and fake drugs from these closed bothers, they should also allow people to cross the border as they are not contrabands

    - George Belema - 2019-09-28 09:12:57 Quote

  • It is a right decision to make but they should have factored out how this decision will not affect the national economy, putting things in the right place before doing that. As we know the country has a good number of those people that can't afford to eat twince in a day talkless of thrince. I pray that all will be well with our dear country.

    - Sunday Adebayo - 2019-09-28 09:24:15 Quote

  • It is a good decision but, it is not just enough that a government makes and takes a decision about closing the borders. The issue of security in Nigeria is not news to her citizens; the issue of making ends meet is equally staring us in the face. Let adequate provisions  be made for those who conduct legitimate businesses at these borders so that the whole idea of closing the borders will be achieved. 

    Secondly let local production of the goods coming in through these borders be encouraged within the country. If these, and many other things are not in place, closing the borders will be an effort in futility. 

    - Augustina Ojapah - 2019-09-28 09:48:11 Quote

  • I think that the closure of the borders have affected us more positively than negatively. You see, smuggling of foodstuffs and arms are done through the border, however, arms and fake products are still in circulation within Nigeria. This has nothing to do with our neighbors and therefore, it will be unwise to close the borders. Many people in Nigeria are dependent on the goods that they get from our neighbors because it's cheaper. Prices of goods has gone up bringing us to the era of inflation. I hope the government will change their minds on this one.

    - Daniel Joseph Obianusi - 2019-09-28 10:30:41 Quote

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