President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he would soon re-open Nigeria’s borders.
He said the matter was discussed at his meeting with All Progressives Congress governors on Tuesday in Abuja, where he explained to them that they were closed to stop the influx of illicit weapons and goods.
In tweets, he said: "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 & 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 ensuring 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."