President Muhammadu Buhari has hinted on a possible reopening of Nigeria’s closed land boarders soon.
Buhari gave this indication on Tuesday, December 8, in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, hinting that the borders which were closed in August of 2019, may be reopened to the public before the end of this year.
In the statement, Buhari was quoted as saying:
“Now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we are looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible.”
The statement was issued after the President held a closed-door meeting with the 36 state governors on the security challenges across the country.
He explained that the closure of the nation’s land borders was partly an attempt to control the smuggling of weapons and drugs.
Shehu said the President, who listened to presentations by a governor from each of the six geo-political zones on their specific security challenges, recalled that in the old order, communities identified newcomers and passed information to constituted authority.
“The message sent out to neighbouring countries with the border closure has really sunk in and they are willing to cooperate with us and stem the tide of smuggling. Our Customs have been reorganized and they are now battle ready to combat smuggling and cross-border crimes,” the President said.