Chinazor Megbolu |
The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has handed over effective Nigeria-Niger border monitoring to God.
He disclosed this during a courtesy visit by the former Vice-President Namadi Sambo at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The President, in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina on Tuesday, noted that only God can effectively supervise the massive border between Nigeria and Niger Republic, adding he knows a bit about the neighbouring West African country because of its proximity to Daura, his hometown in Katsina state.
The President hinted that the country will support Niger in its forthcoming presidential elections.
“I come from Daura, few kilometres to the Republic of Niger, so I should know a bit about that country. The President there is quite decent, and we are regularly in touch. He is sticking to the maximum term prescribed by the constitution of his country.
“Also, we share more than 1,400 kilometres of border with that country, which can only be effectively supervised by God.
” I will speak with the President and offer his country our support. We need to do all we can to help stabilise the Sahel region, which is also in our own interest,” Buhari said.
Recall that a week ago, the President reopened four land borders, and has also mandated that other land borders that were shut should be reopened with effect from December 31, 2020.
Meanwhile, Sambo is currently the Head, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) election mission to the Republic of Niger.
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