President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concerns over the porous nature of Nigerian borders.
Buhari during a virtual meeting with State Governors on Tuesday, said “in spite of the fact that borders with neighbouring countries had been shut, bandits and terrorists continued to have access to small weapons.”
The three-hour meeting was coordinated by President Buhari, and attended by the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, heads of defence, security and intelligence agencies, and members of the Security Committee of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum represented by one governor from each of the six geo-political zones.
Buhari said “These terrorists are in the localities. How is it that they are not short of small arms?”
“We have said enough on the need for them to rejig their operations. I am glad that there is better synergy and cooperation which are very important.
“I have directed the Service Chiefs to meet among themselves in-between the National Security Council meetings.
“The services have resources; yes, they need more, and mobility, and are doing their best, but there is a need for better gathering and interpretation of intelligence. Our intelligence-gathering must be improved,” he said.
President Buhari also expressed satisfaction with the level of support from neighbouring countries in the war against terrorism.
“They are cooperating with us. On Boko Haram, we are making progress with Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Intelligence-gathering must improve to be able to track small arms in the Northwest, North Central and Northeast States.”