President Mohammadu Buhari has decried the continuous smuggling of arms and ammunition by people he described as merciless. He stated that despite the shoot at sight order, smuggling still thrives in the country.
The President who spoke on Friday, at the Presidential villa, Abuja during the 6th regular meeting with the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC), also decried the situation where some bad persons in government tries their best to undermine some policies that are beneficial to the country.
His statement reads, “Some people are mercilessly towards 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.”
“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.”
Speaking further, President Buhari assured that his administration will focus on the greater development of irrigation facilities in the country, and encourage more people into agriculture.
He said, “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.”
The President, in his final remarks, 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 then the federal.