ECOWAS: President Tinubu Appoints Faye As Special Mediator

By Temitope Mustapha

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President Bola Tinubu has designated President Basiru Faye of Senegal as the special mediator between ECOWAS and the nations of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger Republic.

The President whose tenure was renewed for a second term as Chair of the ECOWAS authority of heads of state and government said the regional body would deploy all avenues for negotiation with the three countries.

“With my renewed mandate I have the pleasure of appointing President Bassirou Faye to lead ECOWAS mediation efforts with Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger Republic,” President Tinubu said.

President of ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Aliyu Touraye explained that  President Faye openly indicated his acceptance to serve as facilitator for ECOWAS in its engagement with Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.

“The Senegalese President indicated his acceptance to serve as a facilitator for ECOWAS, in our engagement with the 3 ex-countries and this is in the spirit of engagement that our leaders believe should continue, we don’t only share borders we share families, we share communities and the leaders are determined to keep our community together, ECOWAS is a community of people that must stay together “ Touray added.

ECOWAS turned to President Faye of Senegal after he was appointed by the regional bloc to mediate between the community and Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger after their withdrawal threatened regional stability.

President Faye, known for his diplomatic finesse, embarked on a mission to restore unity.

At the 65th ECOWAS Heads of Authority and Government, also gathered at the ECOWAS summit, to address the rising spectre of insecurity, terrorism, and extremism in the region.

The ECOWAS heads of state resolved to introduce a single currency by 2027, a monumental step towards regional integration and economic stability.

 

Lantana Nasir

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