The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has once again pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to consider reopening Nigeria’s land borders which were temporarily closed to goods coming from neighbouring countries a couple of months ago, even as Nigerian leader asked for a few more times for him to receive and study the report of tripartite committee made up of Nigeria, Benin and Niger Republic.
ECOWAS emissary and President of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kabore was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja today, February 21 to deliver the ECOWAS appeal to President Buhari.
President of Burkina Faso stressed that the purpose of his visit on Buhari followed the mandate of ECOWAS to resolve the issues that culminated in the partial closure of the border.
According to him, some of the challenges have been discussed, and agreed on, showing cause why Nigerian leader should reconsider the position of the country.
However, President Buhari responded by saying that Nigeria’s decision to partially close the border was purely to safeguard national security.
President Buhari said that Nigeria is very much mindful of the concerns of neighbouring countries on the issue, assuring that his administration will find an early and enduring solution.
“I will work as fast as I can as soon as I receive the report.”