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Border closure didn’t stop free flow of arms, Buhari admits

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Border closure didn't stop free flow of arms, Buhari admits
The President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, admitted that despite his regime’s recent closure of land borders, arms and ammunition continued flowing illegally.

He attributed the problem to the situation in Libya, saying that once the country remains unstable, illegal arms and ammunition will continue to flow in the Sahel region of Africa.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke at the Presidential Villa, Abuja while receiving in farewell audience the outgoing Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas.

The statement was titled “An unstable Libya remains a problem for the Sahel region, says President Buhari.”

Nigeria shut its land borders in August 2019 to crack down on smuggling.

They were however reopened in December 2020 ahead of the January 1, 2021 implementation date of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement

The President was quoted as saying on Thursday that “We closed our land borders here for more than a year, but arms and ammunition continued to flow illegally.

“As far as Libya remains unstable, so will the problem remain.

“We have to cope with the problems of development, as we can’t play hop, step and jump. But we will eventually overcome those problems.”

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