- President Muhammadu Buhari has given a directive that security should be strengthened around Nigerian porous borders
- The president's directive was issued at an event hosted by the Nigeria Immigration Service
- Experts say Nigeria's mounting insecurity is largely due to the influx of aliens into the country
President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday, March 4 directed the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, to improve surveillance and control around Nigerian borders, adding that criminals should be prevented from finding Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetuate their criminality.
According to a statement seen by Legit.ng and issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari gave the directive in his speech at the virtual inauguration of NIS Technology Building.
Adesina quoted the president as instructing all security agencies to raise their performance in protecting lives and property, with a mandate that the country’s Global Security Index must be improved.
He promised them his regime would give the needed support for their operations and urged the NIS to collaborate with international security organisations in safeguarding Nigerian borders.
“I urge you to actively collaborate with international security organisations like the INTERPOL, in safeguarding our borders.”
Meanwhile, the federal and state governments in Nigeria have recommitted themselves to addressing the mounting insecurity in the country.
At a meeting of the National Economic Council on Thursday, February 18 presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, the governments agreed to ensure swift investigation, arrest, and prosecution of crime perpetrators.
According to the resolution of the council sent to Legit.ng by Laolu Akande, spokesman of VP Osinbajo, both the federal and state governments agreed that the protection of all residents of all states including non-indigenous communities and religious and ethnic minorities is sacrosanct.
In a related development, the Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency across the country with immediate effect.
The demand was part of the Senate’s resolution on Wednesday, February 17 as a holistic response to the mounting security challenges across the country.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.