Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Vice-President, said the Federal Government may soon reopen the land borders.
In October 2019, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) ordered the close of the borders to track and combat the smuggling of arms and ammunition into the country. However, the closing was welcomed by mixed reactions from specialist bodies, economists and citizens.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier in January 2020, disclosed that he will not order the reopening of the country’s land borders till the final report of the committee set up on the matter was submitted and considered. Despite the appeal made by president of neighboring countries like Ghana and Benin Republic, President Buhari added unless neighboring countries shows commitment to curtailing smuggling from their ends borders remains closed.
on Thursday Vice president Osinbajo responding to a question during a webinar organized by The Africa Report reiterate that the government was working with neighboring countries on the terms of reopening the border.
“We are working with our neighbours to see on what terms we would reopen those borders. At the moment, we are undertaking joint border patrols to control smuggling along the borders and we think it is working and I’m sure that soon enough we should have the borders opened.
Nigerians will welcome with great joy the reopening of the borders in the main period, as it will help reduce the suffering caused by the covid-19 pandemic shock.