PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate opening of all the four land borders in Nigeria in Seme, Illela, Maigatari and Mfun with other land borders to be opened by December 31, 2020.
Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, made the announcement after the 28th virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking while making the announcement, the minister explained the closure of the nation’s land borders was part of efforts by federal government to prevent smuggling of weapons and drugs into the country.
Ahmed also stated that the president urged the 36 state governors in Nigeria to work more with traditional rulers and community members to improve local intelligence gathering as partners of the security agencies.
It will be recalled that President Buhari had on December 8, hinted of plans to reopen the nation’s land borders. He dropped the hint while addressing a security meeting with members of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.
A statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as saying “now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we are looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible.”