President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, (Far Left) in a Meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo: File

Why we’re considering reopening of Nigeria’s land borders ─Buhari

*President Muhammadu Buhari says ‘now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we are looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible’

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Nigerian Government plans to reopen the country’s land borders as soon as possible.

Buhari disclosed this at a security meeting with members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) Tuesday, December 8, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, FCT.

The President explained that the closure of the country’s land borders was part of the government’s efforts at controlling weapons and drugs smuggling into the country.

It is recalled that the Federal Government ordered a partial closure of Nigeria’s land borders in August 2019, following the increasing rate of smuggling of contrabands and all manner of other items into the country.

Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.), Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, with officers at Idiroko Border in Ogun State 

Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement quoted Buhari as saying: “Now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we are looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible.”

The President asked the 36 state governors to work more with traditional rulers and community members to improve local intelligence gathering that would aid the work of security agencies.

Following presentations by a governor from each of the six geo-political zones on their specific security challenges, Buhari also noted that in the old order, communities identified newcomers and passed information to constituted authority.

The sub-region is no longer safe, more so with the collapse of the regime of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and the cross-border movement of weapons and criminals, stated the President.

He as well gave an overview of the security situation in each of the zones, stressing that his administration had done well in the North-East and South-South regions of the country.

Buhari added that the reports of illegal refineries and the blowing up of pipelines in the South-South as worrisome and asked the governors to stop local rogues from sabotaging oil installations.

On banditry and kidnapping reported in each of the geo-political zones, he said, “Security is important, and we must secure the whole country.

“We are thinking very hard on the issue of kidnapping. We will make it possible for the military to get to the bandits and kidnappers and eliminate them.”

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