Indecision: President Buhari Reopens Military Checkpoints In ‘Non-Frontline States’

Indecision: President Buhari Reopens Military Checkpoints In ‘Non-Frontline States’

By Sheryl Sanni | Staff Reporter on June 23, 2015
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General Muhammadu Buhari, arrives the Eagle Square for his Inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, May 29, 2015. (Photo Credit: AP/Sunday Alamba)

Barely 24 hours after ordering the closure of all military checkpoints across the nation, President Muhammadu Buhari has yet again ordered the reopening of the checkpoints in some parts of the country.

This revelation was made by the Chairman of the Governor’s Forum, Abdulazeez Yari, the Zamfara State governor.

According to Governor Yari, the President was advised to change his stand on the matter by governors at the meeting held today, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. They argued that the order albeit being impromptu was also “untimely” due to the fact that some states still faced enormous security challenges.

Governor Yari said; “But Mr. President cited some incidents that happened at the military checkpoints but where necessary, he has given the chief of army staff the permission that they can continue especially in the north, south-east and the frontline states.”

The states where the counter terrorism operations are most serious in the North-east are the frontline states.

Governor Yari further revealed that; “We discussed the issue of frontline states as regards insurgency: Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. The president briefed us on his meeting with the G7 countries who have agreed to support the Nigerian government to fight the insurgency to the last.

“Also, it was noted that the insurgency has done so much damage to our infrastructure – schools, hospitals, and bridges.

“The president said he has put a committee in place to go and assess the situation and he has also made a commitment that he will not request money from any G7 country but support to rebuild the destroyed infrastructure.”

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