Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, has disclosed that the Federal Government is currently working to reopen land borders soon.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in October 2019, ordered the full closure of the nation’s land borders, as part of measures to curtail smuggling and other illegal activities.
However, speaking at a webinar organized by The Africa Report, Osinbajo said the federal government is working with neighbouring 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 am sure that soon enough we should have the borders opened.
“We are committed to the AfCFTA but we are concerned about threats to security and the economy and we had to take certain actions that would satisfy the immediate needs of our country. It (border closure) certainly wasn’t meant to be permanent and we are looking forward to reopening as quickly as possible,” Osinbajo said.