The leaders of ECOWAS Head of States and Government has constituted a committee, to be led by President Roch Marc Christian Kabore of Burkina Faso, to study and compile a report on Nigeria’s border closure with her neighbours.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, has confirmed the move by ECOWAS in a statement in Abuja, the federal capital territory of Nigeria.
He said that the authorities reached the decision on Sunday night in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at an extraordinary session of ECOWAS leaders convened on the margins of the 33rd AU Summit.
Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, revealed that the meeting was attended by President Buhari and chaired by the ECOWAS Chairman, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic.
Buhari’s aid further revealed that the summit also discussed West Africa′s new single currency, the Eco, and the situation in Guinea Bissau after the presidential election.
Talking about the border closure, Onyeama said: ‘‘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.’’
When asked of the deadline to present the report to ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, the Nigerian Foreign Minister 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,’’ while added that Nigeria’s position at all time has been the convergence criteria which had not been met by majority of the countries, hence there has to be an extension of time on the take-off of the single currency.
Then on Guinea Bissau issues, 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”.