Neighbours Not Cooperating After Border Reopening- FG

Ikenna Atanah

Nigeria has expressed disappointment that after it opened its land borders some of her Neighbours are still not showing the cooperation expected of them.

The Presidency, on Tuesday, December 22, stated that the Federal Government may close the borders which were opened recently again if there is any “trouble”.

This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Presidency on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu; while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme.

Shehu stated that the Federal Government is studying activities at four of the nation’s land borders which were reopened last week.

The aide further bemoaned that Nigeria’s neighbours had not cooperated with the country to curtail the influx of bandits; insurgents and small weapons fueling insecurity in Nigeria.

He said, “This is why the president considered the closure of the land borders for much of this time; until they were reopened a week or so ago.

“This country has been talking to our neighbours; asking them that they cooperate with us in order to stop this influx of bandits; weapons; drugs; and trafficking of Nigerian women; but the cooperation has not measured up to the expectation of the president.

“This is why he was forced by the necessity of the situation to shut down the borders.

“Now, we are reopening in the hope that the agreement we struck with them; that they will work hand in hand with our own security agencies, with our own customs, on a trial basis; because not all entry points have been reopened. It will be tried, if it works well; then others will be reopened. If there is trouble, then the government may have a rethink.”

“It is the technical committee that will advise the government on how well things are working now; that we have reopened four points out of the numerous that we have,” Shehu added.

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