Border closure will be over soon, says President Buhari
- Nigeria's land border closure will be a thing of the past in no time
- This assurance was given by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, December 8
- President Buhari called on governors to partner with traditional rulers in their states for intelligence gathering
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During his meeting with state governors in Abuja on Tuesday, December 8, President Muhammadu Buhari hinted at when the nation's land borders will be re-opened.
The president expressed certainty that at the moment countries that share borders with Nigeria have gotten the federal government's message of intolerance for smuggling and all forms of illegality, Punch reports.
This resolve is one of the agreements reached during Buhari's meeting with governors on security challenges ravaging the nation.
A presidential media aide, Garba Sheu, quoted the president to have said:
“Now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we are looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible.
“The sub-region is no longer safe, more so with the collapse of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi’s regime and the cross border movement of weapons and criminals.
“Governors must work with traditional rulers. Try and work with traditional rulers to boost intelligence gathering."
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With regards to the government's readiness to work with the military to end banditry, the president 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.’’
Earlier, President Buhari held a closed-door meeting with governors.
Although nothing official was in the public domain as State House correspondents are yet to be furnished with details on the agenda of the meeting, it was believed that this is not unconnected with current security challenges in the country.
The meeting with the state governors came days after the Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF) chaired by Kayode Fayemi agreed to hold talks with the president on pressing insecurity issues.
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