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Nigeria should close borders on Niger- Anyaoku

By Ishola Balogun, James Ezema & Onyeka Ossai
Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Monday urged Nigeria to take actions of disapproval against Republic of Niger following the constitutional changes in a referendum last weekend to elongate the tenure of President Mamadou Tandja.

Anyaoku, reponding to questions from newsmen at the graduation of the 2009 batches B and C of Information Communications Technology (ICT) students facilitated by a member of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, at Ikorodu Monday, stressed that Nigeria should close its borders on the country.

He described the move as a setback to democracy which should not be encouraged.

“My reaction is that of condemnation, that more, because I think it’s a setback to the course of democracy in Niger. I believe that presidents and chief executives of nations should not extend their stay beyond what the constitution stipulates.

“I would hope that Nigeria, because it is our neighbour should take some actions of disapproval of that. I would suggest that for a while Nigeria should close its borders (against Niger)”, Anyaoku insisted.

Last Friday, the uranium-rich West African country, in a referendum, amended the constitution to extend the rule of President Tandja, potentially for life, with the national electoral commission saying Tandja had won 92.5 per cent of the controversial vote.

The facilitator of the programme, Dabiri-Erewa said she was inspired by her passion for women and youths, saying that politics was about service.

“It is about teaching lives, it is because I have passion for women and youths, whatever you can do, no matter how small to make a difference. So, it’s so nice to see young people graduate in this ICT Centre,” Dabiri-Erewa said.


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