New Year Message: Buhari Gives Conditions For Border Reopening
President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured that partially closed borders across will be reopened as soon as government is satisfied with safety and compliance measures expected from the ongoing joint security exercise.
Buhari in a new year letter to all Nigerians stated that the country has always been a good neighbour to proximate countries .
He added that the country cannot allow its good economic plans to be foiled under the guise of an open border system.
Buhari said in the letter that as Commander in Chief, he owes the citizens the duty of providing adequate security.
“The joint land border security exercise currently taking place is meant to safeguard Nigeria’s economy and security.
“No one can doubt that we have been good neighbours and good citizens. We have been the helpers and shock-absorbers of the sub-region but we cannot allow our well-planned economic regeneration plans to be sabotaged. As soon as we are satisfied that the safeguards are adequate, normal cross-border movements will be resumed.
“As Commander-in-Chief, my primary concern is the security of the nation and the safety of our citizens. When I assumed office in May 2015 my first task was to rally our neighbours so that we could confront Boko Haram on a coordinated regional basis. Chaos is not a neighbour any of us hope for.
“We have been fighting on several fronts: violent extremists, cultists and organised criminal networks. It has not been easy. But as we are winning the war, we also look to the challenge of winning the peace, the reconstruction of lives, communities and markets.
Borders in four geopolitical zones of the country have been partially closed since August 20,2019 leaving import and transit goods trapped.