The President, Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the nation’s land borders will soon be reopened for trade activities.
While speaking on Tuesday, the President explained that the closure of borders was to control the smuggling of weapons into the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari who earlier had a closed door meeting with State governors also highlighted on the ongoing efforts to equip the military force and security agencies to strengthen national security. He also emphasized on the importance of information in tackling the country’s state of insecurity.
“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 and drugs. Now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we’re looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible.
“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.
“Intelligence-gathering is also very critical to ensure 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.”
The borders which have remained shut since August 2019 has restricted trade activities to neighbouring countries in an attempt to tackle the issue of weapon smuggling.