ECOWAS leaders congratulate Tinubu on election as President of Nigeria



Member countries and leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have congratulated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his election as President of Nigeria.


They gave their congratulatory messages during the opening ceremony of the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, taking place in Guinea-Bissau.


In his opening remark, the President of Guinea-Bissau, Umaro Sissoco Embaló, commended Nigeria for the sustenance of peace and strengthening of democracy in the West African region.


According to him, the military seizure of power in Mali, the Republic of Guinea, and Burkina Faso and the subsequent elongation of the transition period represent a regression of the values of democratic rule of law adopted by member states through the supplementary protocol on democracy and good governance.


He maintained that the return of democracy in the three countries was imperative for political stability, the promotion of the democratic rule of law, and the well-being of the people of the West African sub-region.


Umaro Embaló stressed the need for member countries to consider other ways of mobilising financial resources from each member state with strategic partners to counter terrorism and speed up the economic growth of the region.


President of the ECOWAS Commission Omar Alieu Touray has, on behalf of the community and institutions, congratulated Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his election and assumption of office as the President of Nigeria, which is the biggest economy and country in Africa.


Omar expressed appreciation to President Umaro Embaló for his leadership as chair of ECOWAS in the past twelve months, stating that the community has recorded several achievements to be discussed later at the meeting.


He also congratulated the President of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, on his re-election.


The 63rd session, which is still ongoing, has been ranked as the most attended by the heads of state of member countries.

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