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President Tinubu Emerges as the New ECOWAS Chairman

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President Bola Tinubu has been unanimously endorsed as the new chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) during the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.

This endorsement reflects the trust and confidence bestowed upon him by his counterparts in the region.

President Tinubu, Nigeria's newest head of state in West Africa, graciously accepted the honour on behalf of his country and pledged to responsibly carry out the duties of the office and lead an inclusive administration within the regional organization.

 

Tinubu's Priorities for ECOWAS:

President Tinubu emphasized the urgent need for action to address insecurity, terrorism, and military takeovers in the sub-region.

He called for collective action from member-states and vowed to harmonize frameworks to fulfil the goals of ECOWAS.

Tinubu noted that regional integration remains a top priority for President Tinubu, who pledged to prioritize political stability, peace, security, and economic integration.

 

On Security and Economic Development:

Regarding security, Tinubu acknowledged ECOWAS' existing security architecture and committed to harmonizing plans, mobilizing resources, and fostering regional counterterrorism measures.

He expressed concern over the emerging pattern of coups in West Africa and called on ECOWAS to firmly defend democracy.

In terms of economic development, Tinubu advocated for increased private sector participation, social integration among member states, and trade facilitation to unlock the region's economic potential.


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