The Nigeria’s borders closed since October 14, 2019 which prevented the import of goods will soon be reopened.
This was made known by the president, Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, after meeting behind closed doors with the nation’s 36 state governors on the security challenges across the country.
According to the president, the closure of the nation’s land borders was partly an attempt to control the smuggling of weapons and drugs.
After the meeting with the 36 state governors in Abuja, the Presidency issued a statement quoting Buhari as asking the state governors to work more with traditional rulers and community members to improve local intelligence gathering that will aid the work of security agencies.
Buhari on his official twitter handle @MBuhari said:
“In my meeting with State Governors today I explained that the closure of Nigeria’s land borders was partly an attempt to control the smuggling in of weapons & drugs. Now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we’re looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible.
Intelligence-gathering is also very critical to ensuring lasting security in Nigeria. In this regard, everyone has a role to play, in addition to the security agencies: Governors, traditional rulers, community leaders, citizens. We must all work to boost intelligence-gathering.
We are investing heavily in weapons and equipment for our military. They have already received armoured cars and other equipment, and aircraft, and more will come in. We will continue to give them all the support they need to fight criminals. We must and will secure Nigeria.”
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