Nigeria's border closure

West African leaders have agreed to launch a probe into Nigeria’s land border closure with neighbors, a spokesman for the Nigerian president confirmed on Monday.

In a statement made available to Xinhua in Abuja, Garba Shehu, a spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, said the Authority of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) heads of state and government had on Sunday constituted a committee to study and make a full report on the border closure.


The probing committee is headed by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso. The Nigerian government had ordered the closure of the land borders in August 2019, to check the widespread smuggling, curb insecurity, and boost local manufacturing.

The decision to set up the committee was agreed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at an extraordinary session of ECOWAS leaders which convened on the margins of the 33rd AU Summit to discuss the issue and other pressing regional matters.

The meeting also discussed West Africa’s new single currency, the Eco, and the situation in Guinea Bissau after the presidential election, the Nigerian presidency statement said.

The statement added that nothing has changed in respect of Nigeria’s position on the Eco currency, which is, that the convergence criteria had not been met by a majority of the countries, therefore there has to be an extension of time on the take-off of the single currency. Enditem


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