President Bola Tinubu has emerged the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government on Sunday in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.
President Tinubu’s emergence followed a unanimous endorsement that signals the trust and confidence reposed in him by his counterparts.
On behalf of Nigeria, President Tinubu, who is the latest entrant into the exclusive club of Heads of State in West Africa, enthusiastically accepted the honour, with a solemn pledge to bear the responsibility of the office and run an inclusive administration of the regional organisation.
He, however, warned that threat to peace in the sub-region had reached an alarming proportion with terrorism and emerging pattern of military takeover that now demand urgent and concerted actions, saying that insecurity and creeping terrorism were stunting the progress and development of the region.
President Tinubu, called for a collective action from member-states, pledging that under his leadership, frameworks would be harmonized to actualize the dreams of ECOWAS.
According to him, without a peaceful environment, progress and development in the region will continue to remain elusive, hence all must remain committed to the utilisation of all regional frameworks at their disposal to address the menace of insecurity.
President Tinubu noted that ECOWAS had developed a security architecture, which covers a wide range of areas that involve kinetic and non-kinetic operations, including preventive diplomacy as well as the Regional Plan of Action on Fight against Terrorism 2020-2024 and the operationalization of the ECOWAS Standby Force on Fight Against Terrorism.
He pledged to immediately harmonize plans and mobilize resources as well as the political will towards the actualisation of the initiatives, saying they must work collectively to have an effective regional counterterrorism measure, as terrorists do not respect boundaries.