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President Muhammadu Buhari (Image courtesy: Nigerian Presidency)

The Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s closure of the country’s land borders was for the interest of the nation.

Omo-Agege also claimed that the action was in the best interest of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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The Delta lawmaker said this on Friday at a seminar organised by a German Foundation the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) with the theme “The roles of Parliaments in Supranational Communities.”

The Senator was represented by his Special Adviser on Legislative and Plenary Matters Efe Duku and noted that the Parliament accepts Buhari’s decision.

According to him, the non-compliance with the ECOWAS treaty on the management of borders was impacting negatively on the Nigerian economy.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

This is as he noted that “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.

“So essentially, with regard to the resolutions reached by the ECOWAS Parliament, we think that they need to look very well at the protocol.

“And see whether recommending that Nigeria just throws the borders open and reward people or nations who are in breach of the protocol or treaty is the right way to go.”