Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s aide on new media, Reno Omokri, as well as a number of Nigerians, have criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to open the borders in the North, days after the abduction of more than 300 boys by bandits in the Kankara area of Katsina State.
Buhari, on Wednesday, ordered the opening of four borders in Nigeria, two of which are located in the Northern part of the country.
According to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, borders in Seme (Lagos), Mfum (Cross River), Ilela (Sokoto) and Maitagari (Jigawa) are to be reopened before December 31.
However, Omokri questioned the president’s justification behind the opening of Ilela and Maitagari’s borders located in the North-West against the background of the security situation which had deteriorated recently.
He argued that the boys abducted by the terrorists could be recovered easily if borders remained shut.
He recalled that border closures in the past enabled government to arrest criminals, citing the case of Buba Dimka, the killer of former Head of State, General Murtala Mohammed in 1976.
In his tweet on Wednesday, Omokri wrote, “Opening borders in Nigeria’s North-West just five days after 333 boys were abducted makes it look like the government is in cahoots with the terrorists. It is suspicious. After Murtala was killed, our borders were closed until Dimka was caught. This does not make sense.”
“Is General #Buhari senile?” Omokri added. “For months he closed our borders. Now, 5 days after #KankaraStudents abduction, @MBuhari opened North-west borders. Is he working with Boko Haram? This is the time to close our borders so Boko Haram don’t take the boys across the borders.”