ECOWAS Extends President Tinubu’s Tenure As Chairman

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The tenure of the Nigerian President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been extended as the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of States and Government by the Member States of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS.

Accepting the extension of his tenure during the meeting of the 65th Ordinary session of Authority of Heads of States and Government held at the Conference Centre of State House, Abuja, the Nigerian Leader pledged to continue in the service of leading the West African leaders with utmost interest and build on the existing democratic values.

President Tinubu said, “I will continue to lead in the service with my utmost best to serve our interest and build on democratic value and build on the structure that we inherit.”

President Bola Tinubu’s tenure elapsed as the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS on July 9, 2024.

The Nigerian Leader was elected Chairman of the Authority at the 63rd Ordinary Session of the regional bloc held last July in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau.

During his tenure, President Tinubu highlighted the alarming levels of insecurity and the increasing pattern of military coups in the region, stressing that these issues demand urgent and concerted efforts from all member states.

He pledged to harmonise existing regional frameworks to tackle unconstitutional regime change and to mobilize resources and political will toward counterterrorism initiatives.

Consequently, the ECOWAS announced economic sanctions that isolated Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger alongside Guinea, where the military took over power.

The bloc suspended all commercial and financial transactions between its current members and the junta-led states, freezing all their assets at the ECOWAS Central Bank.

It also demanded the release of former President Mohammad Bazoum, insisting that the Nigerien transition authority provide an acceptable timetable to restore constitutional order, or else it would activate a standby force.
However, the junta-led states remained defiant and only egged further away from ECOWAS’ demands.

 

 

 

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