President Muhammadu Buhari has been elected as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), having being elected to the position on Tuesday during the 53rd session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS in Lome, the Togolese capital.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari did not put himself up for the post, but has pledged to take ECOWAS to greater heights and bring peace to the West African region.
President Buhari praised his predecessor and President of Togo, 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.
Buhari’s election means Nigeria will preside over all other ECOWAS statutory meetings during his tenure, according to ECOWAS Governance structure.
The next ECOWAS meeting is scheduled to take place in Abuja on the 21st of December.