Tinubu Re-elected as ECOWAS Chairman

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President Bola Tinubu was re-elected as ECOWAS Chairman, urging member states to fulfill financial commitments for regional security, operationalizing the ECOWAS Standby Force against terrorism. He designated Nigeria's NCTC as a regional counterterrorism center, emphasizing unity for economic growth in West Africa.

Vanguard news reported that President Bola Tinubu has been re-elected as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He secured his re-election during the 65th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of States and Government at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria.

President Tinubu, upon accepting his re-election, appointed the President of Senegal to join in the mediation efforts with Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad.

During the 65th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS, President Tinubu urged member states to fulfill their financial commitments to the regional body. He emphasized that substantial financial resources are crucial to operationalize the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) and effectively combat terrorism, banditry, and violent extremism.

President Tinubu, whose one-year tenure as Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority was set to expire on July 9, called on member states to honor their financial obligations. He highlighted that fulfilling these commitments would contribute to regional stability and enhance ECOWAS's ability to address security challenges in West Africa.

He stressed the importance of a peaceful and secure society for achieving the region's potential and emphasized the need for strong political will and financial resources to operationalize the ESF.

President Tinubu also announced Nigeria's decision to designate the Nigeria National Counter Terrorism Center (NCTC) as a regional center under ECOWAS. This move aims to enable all member states to benefit from capacity building and related opportunities offered by the NCTC.

Additionally, President Tinubu encouraged ECOWAS member states to unite and develop innovative approaches to unlock the region's economic potential and promote prosperity. He acknowledged economic challenges hindering progress and emphasized the importance of partnerships, investments, and infrastructure development.