Tinubu Orders Reopening of Borders, Lifts Sanctions on Neighboring Countries

President Bola Tinubu has ordered the reopening of Nigeria’s land borders and air travel routes with the neighboring nation of Niger. He also ordered the removal of other restrictions against the country to take immediate effect.

According to a statement by the President’s media aide Ajuri Ngelale, the directive complies with decisions made by the ECOWAS Heads of State during an Extraordinary Summit on February 24, 2024 in Abuja.

The ECOWAS leaders had agreed to end economic penalties on Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea.

Tinubu additionally removed the suspension of all commercial and financial exchanges between Nigeria and Niger, as well as the freeze on utility services like electricity to Niger.

The President directed that frozen assets of Niger in ECOWAS Central Banks be released. “Travel prohibitions on government officials and their families are also lifted,” the statement added.

These relaxations were extended to Guinea as well, with the lifting of fiscal and economic restrictions.