- Joseph Eva, head of the Ijaw Monioring Group (IMG), wants Nigerian government to reopen its borders
- Eva says apart from the fact that Nigeria loses from the border closure, other countries may unite against it
- The Niger Delta activist reminds Nigeria of the issues between America and China and how the latter has humbled Donald Trump's administration
A prominent Niger Delta activist and coordinator of the Ijaw Monioring Group (IMG), Joseph Eva, has warned that Nigeria risks the wrath of other African countries if if fails to reopen the borders soon.
Eva, who spoke in an interview with Daily Sun, urged the federal government to urgently reopen the border adding that he once heard that the Nigeria was losing from the policy.
“Other countries may unite to punish us back. In Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia etc, Nigerian banks are there, if they gang-up against us in this region, we may not be able to fight the situation or contain the disaster that will follow it,” Eva said in the interview.
The activist advised that Nigeria should have a limitation to its argument that it is carrying out the policy to teach neighbouring African nations a lesson.
He pleaded that the borders should be opened before the Christmas and the New Year to ease the effect on citizens.
“You don’t just wake up one morning and advise the president to close the borders. You can close the borders for one or two weeks in other to make the other countries see how they can team to arrest smuggling.
“Nigeria cannot close borders without negotiating with Benin Republic, Togo and Ghana; if we behave like that they will also retaliate, if they retaliate in another way it can also harm our economy,” he warned.
Noting that Nigeria cannot live in isolation, Eva reminded the federal government of the lessons to learn from America’s bragging about China until the latter taught the administration of Donald Trump what it should know.
“You know how America was bragging with China, and when China showed them a little of what they don’t know you see that President Trump’s head became normal.
“No country has everything that it needs. So Nigeria should open the borders before they give a wrong signal that will create a problem for the country,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigeria's borders may now be reopened on January 31, 2020, following an approval on the date by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The report noted that the information was disclosed through a circular in which an extension of the policy was stated to last till the approved date.
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