By Nuel Suji – President Muhammadu Buhari has been elected Chairman of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS).
Mr. Buhari was elected at the 53rd ordinary session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Lome, Togo capital.
The Nigerian president, in his acceptance remarks, suggested he earlier declined the offer to vie for the post, “but you refused to take my no for an answer,” he remarked while commending fellow Heads of State for choosing him.
“I am truly humbled and pledge to serve and work with all of you to deliver on peace, security, good governance and socio-economic development” of the sub-region, and “take our organisation to greater heights.”
The Nigerian president, who commended commended the out-going ECOWAS Chairman and Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe, for successfully hosting two “important meetings” of the Joint Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and ECOWAS as well as the 53rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS.
The next meeting of the organisation will take place in Abuja on December 21, 2018.