Former External Affairs Minister, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, thursday said that the admission of Morocco into ECOWAS was meant to whittle down Nigeriaâ€™s influence in the sub-regional body, and by extension, the world.
Akinyemi also said that the recent admission of Morocco into the regional organisation, was an anti-Nigeria move.
â€œHaving failed to find any rational benefit to ECOWAS by expanding membership to Morocco, I can only conclude that the move is to whittle down Nigeriaâ€™s influence in ECOWAS.
â€œAnd by extension, in the world, as Nigeriaâ€™s status as a regional power is facilitated by its role in ECOWAS.
â€œNigeria has only one option. Let the West African Heads of State and Presidents drop this whole issue of expansion to the Mediterranean.
â€œOr Nigeria should serve notice that it would terminate, not suspend, but terminate her membership of ECOWAS,â€™â€™ he said.
According to him, this issue is the biggest challenge to Nigeriaâ€™s foreign policy since the civil war.
Akinyemi noted that Moroccoâ€™s admission into ECOWAS would now make her benefit from the Arab League quota, as well as from the West African quota.
â€œThe United Nations, African Union and all international institutions now use the concept of regionalism in the distribution of both appointive and elective posts.
â€œECOWAS cannot unilaterally expand the boundary of West Africa to the Mediterranean,â€™â€™ he stressed.