Nigeria’s borders with neighbours artificial, says Gambari

Nigeria’s borders with Niger Republic and other neighbouring countries are artificial, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, has said.

Gambari stated this when he hosted two of   President Muhammadu Buhari’s principal staff members recently honoured by President   Mohammed Bazoum of the Niger Republic.

The aides- Lawal Kazaure (State Chief of Protocol (SCOP)  and Sarkin Ada(Senior Special Assistant to the President on Household and Domestic Affairs) were conferred with Nigerien highest honours.

Gambari, who described Buhari’s foreign policy as a concentric circle,  said that Niger, Benin Republic,   Chad, and Cameroun share the same interests and cultural affinities with Nigeria.

He stated that  Europeans that created the borders ended up separating people that ought to be one.

His words: “All these borders are very much artificial. The Europeans in Congress of Berlin just took a piece of paper and were drawing lines across places where they have never been; they never intended to be, separated people who should be united and uniting people, perhaps, who should be separated.


“But the leaders of Africa decided that it’s wise to keep those borders artificial as they may be, because to change them other than peacefully, will be creating even more problems than they can solve.

“ But in any case, whether by those lines, whether artificial or not, Niger/Nigeria share common borders,  common interests, common concerns about  their families across the borders.”

On  Buhari’s foreign policy,   Gambari said “in his (Buhari’s) earlier incarnation, as Head of State, the defining feature of his policies was a concentric circle of Nigerian foreign policy.

“It was one that emphasised that our interests, our efforts must be concentrated on promoting Nigeria’s interests in concentric circles at the epicentre,  the defence of Nigeria’s integrity, the prosperity, and the welfare of its people.

“And next is the neighboring countries, then West Africa, then Africa, and then the rest of the world. And he(Buhari) has proved the continuity of Nigeria foreign policy in this sense by the fact that the first countries he visited after being sworn in, were the neighboring countries..”

State House Permanent Secretary, Tijjani Umar, congratulated the awardees saying the honour has strengthened the bonds between Nigeria and the Niger Republic


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