Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu Elected New Chairman of ECOWAS


Bola Tinubu —the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria—has been given the mandate as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

H.E Tinubu emerged chairman of ECOWAS after having being unanimously endorsed by the heads of state of the community at the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government held on July 9, 2023.

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Succeeding the President of Guinea Bissau Umaro Embalo, the Nigerian president takes responsibility as the new ECOWAS chairman.

Mr. Tinubu in his acceptance speech pledged to stop the occurrence of sub-region, adding that the menace can not be allowed to set asunder the African continent.

He said that the community cannot continue to look on as its member states are ridden by coups.

He added that democracy is the best form of government for African countries and must be protected.

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“We would not allow coup after coup in the West Africa sub-region. We would take this up seriously with African Union and extend it to the European Union and Britain and America.

His Excellency Bola Tinubu praised democracy as being the best form of governance, admitting its numerous challenges especially in Africa
“Democracy is very tough to manage but it is the best form of government and we all ascribe to it. We must bite back. We can’t sit like toothless bulldogs in ECOWAS,” the Nigerian president said.

Watch Tinubu’s speech in the video below:


The ECOWAS Chairman also assures the Heads of State of the member countries of his full support and cooperation in running the affairs of the sub-region.

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