Border closure: ECOWAS takes action

ECOWAS Heads of State and Government has constituted a committee chaired by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, to make a full report on Nigeria’s land border closure.

Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

He said this was agreed Sunday night in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at an extraordinary session of ECOWAS leaders convened on the margins of the 33rd AU Summit.

Shehu added that the meeting also discussed West Africa’s new single currency, the Eco, and the situation in Guinea Bissau after the presidential election.

Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, told journalists that: “The President of Burkina Faso is charged with undertaking a full study of the situation, make a report and then we take it from there.”

On when the report will be presented to ECOWAS Heads, he replied: “As soon as possible, there are no timelines.

‘But he is supposed to start very quickly, study the situation from all the affected countries and present his report.”

On the Eco currency, the Foreign Minister said: “Nothing has changed in respect of Nigeria’s position”.

He added that Nigeria’s position was that the convergence criteria had not been met by majority of the countries, therefore there has to be an extension of time on the take-off of the single currency.

On Guinea Bissau, the Minister said ECOWAS leaders recognized that there was an appeal of the presidential election result and “they are waiting for the Supreme Court decision on the matter”.

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