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Boundaries between Nigeria, neighbours artificial— Prof. Gambari

The Chief of Staff to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, on Monday, said the existing borders between Nigeria and her neighbours are artificial.

Gambari said this at a reception organised in honour of the two presidential aides who, on August 3, 2022, were conferred with the Order of Merit of Niger, Great Master of National Awards by the President of Niger, Mohammed Bazoum.

They include the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Household and Domestic Affairs, Sarkin Ada and State Chief of Protocol, Lawal Kazaure.

According to Gambari, countries such as Chad, Cameroun, Niger and Benin Republic sharing borders with Nigeria share the same interests and cultural affinities which bind them together.

He said “All these boundaries 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 boundaries 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 boundaries, common interests, common concerns with their families across the borders.”

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