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Tinubu Re-Elected As ECOWAS Chairman, Reaffirms Commitment to Democracy

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been re-elected for another one-year tenure as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The decision was made during the 65th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria.

Tinubu, who assumed leadership of the regional bloc in May 2023, emphasized the importance of financial commitments from member states in the battle against terrorism within the region. During his opening remarks at the summit, he stated:

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“As we move to operationalize the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) in combating terrorism, I must emphasize that the success of this plan requires not only strong political will but also substantial financial resources. We must ensure that we meet the expectations and recommendations set forth by our ministers of defense and finance to counter insecurity and stabilize our region. Member states must make extra commitments to providing resources for stabilizing the region.”

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In recent years, ECOWAS has faced challenges due to coups in some member nations. Niger Republic, Mali, and Burkina Faso have experienced changes in leadership through junta leaders. ECOWAS responded by imposing sanctions, including border closures, on these countries. Although the sanctions were lifted in February, the three nations subsequently left the regional bloc and formed the Alliance of Sahel States (AES).

During the AES maiden summit in Niamey, Niger Republic’s military leader Abdourahamane Tiani accused ECOWAS of incompetence in tackling jihadists’ incursion into the region. Tiani insisted that their people had “irrevocably turned their backs” on ECOWAS.

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President Tinubu’s re-election underscores the importance of regional cooperation and stability in West Africa. As ECOWAS continues to address security challenges, financial commitments and political resolve remain critical for achieving lasting peace and prosperity.

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