Professor Kingsley Moghalu says Nigeria’s porous borders are a major reason for the country’s insecurity. Moghalu, the presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), says the borders should be properly demarcated and manned. The presidential candidate declares support for the N30,000 minimum wage demanded by organised labour.
The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, on Saturday, November 10, said Nigeria’s security issues are compounded by the nation’s porous borders.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Moghalu, who was a deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said this at an interactive session with newsmen at the Workstation, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Legit.ng learnt that the presidential; hopeful said that Nigeria had lost significant part of its territorial control at the borders which must be addressed.
“We need to properly demarcate our borders and man them efficiently, using combined border security forces.
“Our borders with Chad, Niger, Cameroun and Benin are so porous that we have so many non citizens troop in daily, commit crimes and leave undetected,” he was quoted as saying adding that there was need for Nigeria to step up security surveillance.
Moghalu reportedly warned that if the situation was not handled well, it could affect the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
He said that INEC might not be able to hold elections in volatile areas.
The report added that Moghalu also emphasised the need for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to be reformed and more personnel recruited to reinforce the efforts of the force in checking break down of law and order.
He said that the Nigerian economy could not currently sustain a minimum wage above N30,000.
“Paying a minimum wage of over N30,000 now will create massive inflation in the country.
“I stand with labour unions in their demand, and I also know that N18, 000 minimum wage is poverty wage, however in handling the economy, care must be taken to avoid decisions that may crumble it.
“If Nigeria has constant electricity alone, it will have tremendous positive impact on the economy,” he said.
Concerning the 2019 general elections, Moghalu said that inducement would play little or no part in deciding who wins.
According to him, some politicians may want to buy votes but Nigerians cannot be fooled any longer into selling their votes.