President Muhammadu Buhari has defended his administration for spending $1.9 billion dollars in the construction of a railways and roads from Nigeria to Niger Republic.
The President, who stated that there are Nigerians by descent residing in Niger Republic, added that he has first cousins in the country.
He added that Nigeria needs the cooperation of neighbouring countries in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.
Buhari spoke during an interview with Arise TV on Thursday monitored by VANTAGE NEWS.
He said, “If you recall, when I came, I went to Chad, I went to Niger, I went to Cameroon. Look at what happened with Boko Haram. If we were not in a good relationship with Niger, Chad and Cameroon, Boko Haram would have done worse things to us and you say I am going to Niger.
“I told you the border between us and Niger is 1, 500km. And Niger (sic). I spoke to one French man and I had to tell him this. He spoke nonsense and I told him look, in 1885, you sat down and drew lines (boundaries). I said I have first cousins in Niger. There are Kanuris, there are Hausas, there are Fulanis in Niger Republic just as there are Yorubas in Benin. You can’t absolutely cut them off.”