President Bola Tinubu has emerged Chairman of Authority of the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
President Tinubu, who attended the forum of West African leaders for the first time at the 63rd Ordinary Session, was announced as Chairman on Sunday in Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau.
Tinubu took over the chairmanship of the regional organization from the outgoing leader of the sub-regional political and economic body, President Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea-Bissau.
Speaking at the meeting, Tinubu emphasized the need to protect the democratic culture in the sub-region, saying “we will take democracy seriously. Democracy is very tough but it is the best form of government”.
As the Chairman, he will play a crucial role in leading the ECOWAS member states towards economic development, political stability, and cooperation.
As the newly appointed Chairman, Tinubu will collaborate closely with member states, regional institutions, and international partners to implement initiatives aimed at promoting economic growth, regional trade integration, and social development.
He is also expected to focus on strengthening the ECOWAS’ collective response to security threats and fostering closer cooperation among member states in addressing regional challenges.