The Accord Party presidential candidate, Prof. Christopher Imumolen, has disclosed that he would be tackling insecurity across Nigeria by focusing on an effective border control system.
He added that with several unguarded routes through which illegal aliens flock into Nigeria, there is a need for strict border patrol and access control.
Imumolen disclosed this when he received chieftains of the Accord Party in Abuja, according to a statement by his presidential campaign organisation.
He said that his administration would safeguard Nigeria’s borders so as to stem the rising tide of insecurity in the country.
According to him, more attention will be paid to the issue of effective manning of the country’s borders in order to stop the influx of undesirable elements into the country.
“Nigeria is going through its most challenging times because of a porous border system that keeps allowing illegal movement of equipment, drugs, contraband, firearms, and people of questionable intentions into the country.
“The consequence of this is that the country is reeling from the after-effects of such negligence as it keeps witnessing an untoward rise in unwarranted killings, kidnappings and other vices.
“But a nation that is serious about achieving and enjoying sustainable peace must not allow the current situation to continue as it has the potential to ultimately derail the objective of economic growth as well as our stability as a sovereign country.
“The way forward will therefore be for us to take a holistic look at the current border system that we operate in order to make the necessary adjustments.
“First, we would need to look at the over 1400 unguarded, unmanned illegal routes that makes us so vulnerable as a country.
“And according to available statistics, the country only has about 84 approved border control systems to combat the huge traffic of movement into the country from different points – north, east, west and south – on a daily basis.
“My administration will do everything in its power to raise the number of approved border control systems to an appreciable level to minimize, if not completely eradicate, the uninhibited access outsiders currently have into our country.
“I am in no doubt whatsoever that once this is done, our country will begin to move speedily towards a guaranteed security system, economic prosperity and general wellbeing for its citizens,” the statement quoted Imumolen as saying.