Buhari Cautions ECOWAS Leaders Against Tenure Elongation, Praises Jonathan

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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, warned West African leaders against elongating their tenure in office beyond constitutional limits.

Buhari sounded the warning while presenting Nigeria’s General Statement at the 57th Ordinary Session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government in Niamey, Niger Republic, yesterday.

The President equally urged his colleagues at the summit to ensure free and fair elections inn their respective countries.

He said, “It is important that as leaders of our individual member-states of ECOWAS, we need to adhere to the constitutional provisions of our countries, particularly on term limits. This is one area that generates crisis and political tension in our sub-region.”

Buhari, while commenting on the political situation in Mali, commended the out-going chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government who was the host President Mahamadou Issoufou and chief mediator/former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for effectively demonstrating commitment in handling the political situation in that country.

He stated that the situation in Mali was a serious one that is of great concern to the sub regional organisation.

Buhari also affirmed Nigeria’s commitment to ensuring transition to a civilian-led government in Mali within the agreed period.

“Nigeria remains resolutely committed to ECOWAS decision for a civilian-led transition government not exceeding 12 months,” he said.

Commenting on the single currency plan of the body, Buhari said, “Nigeria remains committed to the implementation of the action plan towards the actualisation of the monetary union and single currency programme of ECOWAS.”

Buhari, who is also ECOWAS Champion, called on the leaders to collaborate on mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy.

VANTAGE NEWS reported that President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana was elected the new Chairman of ECOWAS and would have a 12-month mandate to run the affairs of the 15 countries regional body.

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