President Tinubu Re-elected As ECOWAS Chairman

About a year after taking over the leadership of the regional bloc, Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu has been re-elected as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The reelection took place during the 65th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, hosted at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Sunday.

President Tinubu, who assumed Nigeria’s presidency in May 2023, was first elected as ECOWAS chairman shortly afterward. In his opening remarks at the summit, Tinubu emphasized the importance of financial commitments from ECOWAS member states to support the fight against terrorism in the region.

“As we move to operationalise the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) in combating terrorism, I must emphasise that the success of this plan requires not only strong political will but also substantial financial resources,” he told the gathering.

“We must therefore ensure that we meet the expectations and recommendations set forth by our ministers of defence and finance in order to counter the insecurity and stabilise our region. Member states must make extra commitments to providing resources for stabilising the region.” he said.