Shehu of Borno tasks government on porous borders, influx of foreigners
The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Ababukar Umar Garbai Ibn El-Kanemi has urged the Federal Government to increase security at the nation’s borders with neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroun.
The monarch said this was necessary to reduce the massive influx of foreigners into the country.
El-Kanemi made the appeal on Monday when the Commandant of Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information (NASPR), Col. John Agim visited him at his palace in Maiduguri.
He said that one of the major factors that propelled the Boko Haram insurgency was the mass influx of illegal immigrants because the nation’s borders with neighbouring countries are unmanned by the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) and other security agencies.
He said this contributed to the massive illegal migration of aliens for several decades.
He added that the six-year Boko Haram insurgency in Borno has sacked five emirs from their palaces.
According to him: “The traditional rulers who are still in their kingdoms are myself and the emirs of Biu and Shani in southern Borno. Five other emirs are still taking refuge in Maiduguri metropolis.
“This insurgency could have been checked if the porous borders in Borno State were manned to check the people coming into the country from Niger, Chad and Cameroon.”
He further disclosed that during the six-year insurgency, he lost 19 of his council members, while the terrorists destroyed almost all the houses, shops and other public buildings in Bama town.
Col. Agim said he is glad that peace has now been restored to Maiduguri.
According to him: “There is peace now and I think the media has a lot of job to do. Let the whole nation and the world know that peace has returned to Maiduguri so that economic activities can start fully.”