President Muhammadu Buhari has again advocates tighter border security in the Lake-Chad region to consolidate the gains made against terrorist activities in the Sahel region of West Africa.
He made the call in his opening address at the 16th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake-Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), which was held at the Conference Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Buhari, who is Chairman of the Summit of Heads of State and Government, noted that the threat by terrorists in the region had been relatively brought under control, while the influx of weapons posed fresh challenges.
He however said in spite of the successes recorded by the troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, and the various on-going national operations in the region, terrorist threats still lurk in the region.
Buhari stated that there was the urgent need for expedited collaborative actions by border control agencies and other security services to stop the circulation of all illegal weapons in the region.
The Nigerian leader added that the Joint Task Force deserved commendation for various operations that had brought measurable stability to the Lake Chad Basin.