By Toby Prince
The first deputy speaker of the ECOWAS parliament, Ahmed Wase, said Nigeria has started reaping the fruits of its temporary border closure.
He said this during the second ordinary session of ECOWAS Parliament on Wednesday.
Mr Wase said, “Nigeria has started seeing some changes in terms of security advantages.”
”Before the border was closed, terrorist-groups concealed their arms inside rice but the border closure has improved that security challenge,” he said.
Sadiq Ibrahim, who presented Nigeria’s country report on behalf of Mr Wase, also said ECOWAS has adopted Nigeria’s position on the border closure.
He said that Nigeria will not open its borders until neighbouring countries are ready to comply fully with the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS).
Although it has been misinterpreted by neighbouring countries that Nigeria is trying to cripple them economically, Mr Ibrahim explained that Nigeria is trying to grow its local production.
He disputed comments made by some African countries who were bent on convincing Nigeria to change its stand. “In ECOWAS, we represent our people, not our presidents, this is a parliament of the people,” he said.