Border closure in national interest – Omo-Agege

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The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has described the recent closure of the Nigeria’s land borders as the best decision taken by President Mohammedu Buhari.

Ovie Omo-Agege, who spoke, Friday in Abuja, at a seminar organised by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German Foundation, said the closure was also for the national interest and that of the ECOWAS member states.

Speaking on the theme: “The roles of Parliaments in Supranational communities-An ECOWAS perspective”, was represented by his Special Adviser on Legislative and Plenary Matters, Mr Efe Duku.

He said the non-compliance with the provision of the ECOWAS treaty regarding management of borders was already impacting negatively on Nigeria as a nation.

“The intervention of the Deputy Senate President here today is for the closure, or better management of borders as at today is in our national interest.

“And ultimately, although they may not agree, it is also in the interest of ECOWAS as a region that they do not breach the protocol and plead pity. They do not breach the protocol and try to create insecurity by attacking citizens of member states.

“Our position is clear; we support the decisions of the government to better manage the borders as of today.

“We also support the decisions of the government to ensure that the economic benefits due to every member state as a result of import, customs activities, that they should get them.

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