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Porous borders fueling terrorism, says Buhari

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By Abraham Adekunle

The Nigerian president says Nigeria must focus on effective border policing.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigeria and her neighbors must place higher premium on the effective policing of borders. According to him, the fragile nature of entry points into various countries enhance terrorism, economic sabotage, and illicit flow of arms. With the rate of insecurity skyrocketing and the 2023 general elections fast approaching, the policing of Nigerian borders can determine how the country fairs in the following months. There have been reports that terrorists and bandits, who engage in guerrilla warfare, come from neighboring countries to attack soft targets and run back to where they came.

On Thursday at the State House in Abuja while Buhari was hosting Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, the Secretary-General of World Customs Organization (WCO), who is visiting Nigeria for a global conference on fragile borders. He commended Dr. Mikuriya for his fourth visit to Nigeria and said that this visit came at a time that Nigeria was preparing for general elections. “I have made it a cardinal commitment to ensure each Nigerian is able to exercise their franchise by participating in a free and fair election, in true practice of our relatively nascent democracy,” he said.

General elections take place in a peaceful and conducive atmosphere.

Buhari also said that the objective of his administration is to ensure that these general elections take place in a peaceful and conducive atmosphere, despite all the usual excitement and gamesmanship that is known to occur during election campaigning. The theme of the global conference that Dr. Mikuriya is attending is entitled, “Enabling Customs in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations.” The president said that this is of critical importance for Nigeria as a country as her citizens go to the polls.

He said that this is equally important to most countries on the continent. In fact, he said that it is quite frankly the singular most concerning sub-issue in Nigeria’s security agenda. “The fragility of our borders has been a major Achilles heel in our fight against terrorism, economic sabotage and illicit flow of small and light weapons,” he added. He expressed his gladness that the WCO has dedicated an entire conference to the subject and theme. Thus, the organization not only recognizes its importance but also dedicates working sessions and brainstorming around it. The WCO also invited great thought leaders to dissect the issues and explore how African nations can address this problem, given our unique set of circumstances while also pursuing our joint and collective ideas of an interconnected continent via trade and movement of goods and services.

President briefed WCO Secretary-General on efforts to combat fragile borders.

Additionally, the president highlighted some of the government’s efforts in combating the challenges of fragile borders. They include: the National Security strategy 2019, which promotes close inter-agency co-operation and the National Counter-Terrorism strategy, which mandates the Nigerian Customs Service to support other agencies of government in fighting terrorism; support for the armed forces in launching operations to secure Nigeria’s borders; demonstration of a strong political will to support Nigeria Customs Service as a critical agency of state in the discharge of its security and revenue mandates, and more.

Continuing on, President Buhari also mentioned the approval of the Federal Executive Council for a new Customs Modernization Project that actively promotes the integration of technology into border operations, and the ongoing effort to review the Customs enabling law to strengthen the Nigerian Customs Service and provide stiffer sanctions against smuggling and other criminal acts. He hoped that the conference will seek to understand the operating environment that exists around countries who struggle with fragile borders and see how comprehensive and exhaustive solutions can be proposed to deal with the multi-pronged nature of the challenges.

Mikuriya said Nigeria plays an active role in the WCO.

WCO is described as a 184-member worldwide organization. According to Dr. Mikuriya, Nigeria plays an active and vibrant role in this organization. Dr. Mikuriya said Customs services must now go beyond mere revenue generation and delve into security because without security at the borders, we cannot effectively collect revenue. He lamented that Customs officials are often targets of terrorists and armed groups, and that Nigeria needs to have collaborations with other security agencies, share intelligence, and deploy technology.


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AN-Toni
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1 year ago

Porous borders fueling terrorism, says Buhari.The Nigerian president says Nigeria must focus on effective border policing.Express your point of view.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
1 year ago

So the president is just knowing that our borders are very porous. It is funny they know what’s wrong and still nothing has been done to correct the problem.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
1 year ago

It is imperative that Nigeria and her neighbors place a larger priority on the efficient patrolling of her borders.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

The precarious conditions of entry points in a number of nations make them more susceptible to acts of terrorism and economic sabotage.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 year ago

The success of Nigeria in the coming months may depend on how well its borders are policed in light of the country’s rising rate of instability and the upcoming general elections in 2023.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
1 year ago

Terrorists and outlaws waging guerrilla warfare are said to travel from neighboring nations to assault easy targets before retreating.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
1 year ago

His administration’s goal is to make sure that these general elections take place in an environment that is free of violence and is friendly to voting.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

The Nigerian Customs Service will provide assistance to other government agencies in their fight against terrorism, and it will provide assistance to the armed forces as they begin operations to safeguard Nigeria’s borders.

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

If our President Mohammed Buhari is aware of our porous borders then he should take necessary steps to ensure border security. High techs should be built around our borders to monitor our borders.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

As a result of the fact that customs agents are frequently the targets of terrorists and armed organizations, Nigeria needs to form partnerships with other security agencies, share intelligence, and implement technology.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
1 year ago

Truthfully, if we are to he highlight some of the government’s efforts in combating the challenges of fragile borders, one could tell. it is obvious they haven’t done anything. Regarding the upcoming election, I pray for the gov’t that truly care for it’s people.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

We should focus on our border to prevent terrorist from entering our country to afford any war or chaos in the country that will affect the people peace

DimOla
DimOla
Member
1 year ago

Now that our president have discovered that porous borders are responsible for fueling terrorism and therefore the federal government make to resolve this situation.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
1 year ago

Terrorists and armed groups routinely target customs agents; therefore, Nigeria must collaborate with other intelligence services, share intelligence, and use technology to protect its customs workers.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
1 year ago

Government needs to strengthen strides towards manning the borders cause unstable conditions of entry points make the country more vulnerable to acts of economic sabotage and terrorist attacks.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
1 year ago

Since our president has realized that unsecured borders are a major contributor to the growth of terrorism, he has been working to find a solution.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
1 year ago

When it comes to fighting terrorism and helping the military secure Nigeria’s borders, the Nigerian Customs Service will be there to lend a hand.

theApr
theApr
Member
1 year ago

Our borders seem quite porous to be honest. And since the problem has been identified, the borders should be heavily guarded. It’s imperative

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
1 year ago

More effort should be made towards securing our land and border across the country because too he way terrorist groups are operating in the country is really cause for concern.The killings and kidnapping rate is too bad.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
1 year ago

Porous borders fueling terrorism, says Buhari. Imagine this time in Nigeria, very wrong time. This government has failed already

Remi1
Remi1
Member
1 year ago

Because insecure entry points render the nation more susceptible to terrorist attacks and acts of economic sabotage, the government needs to step up efforts to manning the borders.