Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, cautioned that if there is any trouble, four of Nigeria’s land borders that were reopened last week could be closed again.
Shehu said this on Tuesday while speaking on the Politics Today program for Channels Television.
The Federal Government ordered the immediate reopening of the Lagos State Seme Border, the Sokoto State Illela Border, the Jigawa State Maigatari Border, and the Cross River State Mfun Border on 16 December.
In August 2019, they were all closed, as Nigeria tried to curb illicit imports from neighboring West African nations of drugs, small arms and agricultural products.
A presidential committee set up on the matter completed its mission and recommended that the borders be reopened.
But Shehu has now regretted that the neighbors of Nigeria have not cooperated with the nation to minimize the influx of bandits and small arms.
“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 said