The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said that the promise by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to reopen all Nigerian borders if elected President in the next year’s election, will spell disaster for the country.
Speaking in Abuja today, December 22, at the 15th edition of the PMB Administration’s Scorecard Series (2015-2023), Lai Mohammed stressed that Atiku’s plan will worsen security in the country by allowing arms and ammunition to flow unhindered into the country
“He is ready to worsen the security situation in Nigeria by throwing open all the borders and allowing a massive inflow of small arms and light weapons into the country.
“Only an inordinately-ambitious candidate will wish to return Nigeria to an era of massive importation of food, to the detriment of local farmers, and an era of unbridled inflow of weapons.
“By that statement, Alhaji Atiku has simply informed Nigerians that he will reverse all the efforts made by the PMB Administration to achieve self-sufficiency in the production of many staples, especially rice. By that statement, the former Vice President has informed the country’s millions of rice farmers that they will soon lose their jobs when imported rice floods the country.
“By that statement, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar has told the hundreds of thousands of Nigerians working in the various rice mills that have sprung up under this administration that their jobs are over.
“By that statement, Alhaji Atiku will shut down most, if not all, of our new fertilizer blending companies, with thousands of jobs going down the drain. And by his declaration, the former Vice President has told Nigerians that he will worsen security in the country by allowing arms and ammunition to flow unhindered into the country.”