President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate re-opening of four of the country’s land borders.
The Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, who made the announcement on Wednesday, said the President has given green light for the- reopening of Seme, Illela, Maigatari and Mfun borders.
The Nigerian government had closed their land borders in August 2019 to stop the importation of weapons, agricultural products and drugs into the country from neighbouring countries.
The border closure had caused a rift between Nigeria and other neighbouring countries as they complained of Nigerian government policy affecting their economy adversely.
Leaders of these countries had engaged the Nigerian government to change the policy, but the government disagreed. However, on December 8, 2020, president Buhari hinted that he was planning on reopening the land borders.
Before now, the government had revealed plans to reopen the borders.
He concluded by saying that now that the nighbouring countries have learnt their lesson,the government can now re-open the borders.
President Buhari also directed that other land borders reopen by December 21, 2020.