Arewa Consultative Forum Advocates Reopening of Niger/Nigeria Borders

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has urged the Nigerian government and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to reopen the borders between Niger and Nigeria.

The ACF emphasized the adverse impact of the prolonged border closure on various small-scale businesses, affecting essential sectors such as food supply, medicine, fuel, and electricity.

In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Professor Tukur Muhammad Baba, the forum highlighted the negative consequences of the border closure that have persisted since July 2023.

The closure was part of a broader strategy by ECOWAS member countries to pressure the military regime in Niger to restore the civilian government ousted in the June 2023 coup.

ACF expressed concern over the continued threat of military intervention by ECOWAS and called for a more diplomatic approach.

It condemned any change of government through non-constitutional means and underscored the importance of upholding bilateral and multilateral agreements, particularly within the ECOWAS framework.

The statement acknowledged the deep historical, socio-cultural, economic, and political ties between Nigeria and Niger communities and criticized the imposition of arbitrary boundaries.

ACF emphasized the need for a diplomatic resolution that considers the interconnectedness and shared heritage of the affected communities.

The call for the reopening of borders aligns with ACF’s commitment to fostering regional cooperation and addressing the economic challenges faced by communities on both sides of the border.

The forum urged a return to dialogue and diplomatic efforts to resolve the political situation in Niger, ensuring stability and cooperation in the region.

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