President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed that effective monitoring of the 1,400km border between Nigeria and Niger republic can only be done by God.
He made the submission on Tuesday during a meeting with Nigeria’s former Vice President Namadi Sambo at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Sambo was in the Villa in his capacity as the head of the ECOWAS Election Mission to the Niger Republic presidential and national assembly elections scheduled to hold on 27 December.
According to Buhari, the border between both countries is very vast which also makes it porous.
He added that this was part of the reason his administration had to shut down Nigeria’s land borders in August 2019 before they were reopened in December 2020.
Buhari noted that the closeness between his hometown of Daura in Katsina State and the Niger Republic makes it possible for him to be able to speak in clear terms about the border between the two countries.
“I come from Daura, few kilometres to the Republic of Niger. So I should know a bit about that country.”
“Also, we share more than 1,400 kilometres of border with that country, which can only be effectively supervised by God”, the President said.