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Reconsider Your Decision To Leave ECOWAS, Tinubu Tells Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali

President Bola Tinubu urged West African leaders to adopt a spirit of unity and engage in productive discourse for the purpose of addressing the political, peace, and security issues affecting their region during ECOWAS’ Extraordinary Summit.

During the summit held at Abuja’s State House conference hall, President Tinubu stressed on how unity plays a vital role in surmounting political hindrances within the region.

President Tinubu emphasized the significance of collaborative endeavors and encouraged fellow leaders to exercise careful deliberation while collaborating towards sustainable resolutions for urgent matters.

He directed his comments towards the heads of state from Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali – countries that have recently announced plans to leave ECOWAS – urging them to rethink their choices in order to prioritize their populations’ well-being.

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Despite the weighty load of issues faced by the sub-region, President Tinubu maintained a positive outlook in regards to their joint efforts towards achieving lasting resolutions.

He emphasized how the memorandum presented by ECOWAS Commission’s chairman would have a considerable impact on the summit’s resolutions as it is anticipated to deliver an update regarding the state of affairs in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.

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President Tinubu expressed his appreciation by acknowledging the exemplary leadership of President Macky Sall of Senegal, who chose to relinquish his position at the conclusion of his present term. This was regarded as a favorable indication towards better governance in the area…[CONTINUE READING HERE]>>

He said, “We are gathered here to address pressing developments in our sub-region surrounding the peace and security as well as the political situations in the Republics of Niger, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Mali.

“Permit me to say that the complexities of the issues at hand necessitate a comprehensive and collaborative approach. Accordingly, it is incumbent upon us to engage in constructive dialogue, exercise prudent judgement, and work collectively towards finding enduring solutions that will lead to sustainable peace and security as well as political stability in our region.

“The gravity of our responsibilities as leaders in these challenging times cannot be overstated and it is through our concerted efforts and a deep sense of history that we can address these challenges in the spirit of shared vision, solidarity and collective responsibilities.”

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Tinubu said the extraordinary summit was convened at a critical time that demands focused attention on regional issues, adding that, “our decisions must be guided by our commitment to safeguarding the constitutional order, upholding democratic principles, and promoting the social and economic well-being of the citizens of the aforementioned countries.

“Furthermore, we will deliberate on the announced withdrawal from ECOWAS by the Republics of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. In the spirit of collective security and African solidarity, we realize that the stability of these nations is intricately linked to the overall peace and security of West Africa. As such, it is pertinent that we engage in constructive deliberations to examine the actions taken by these countries and ensure that the citizens are not denied the benefits derived from our regional integration initiatives.

“In our ensuing discussions, we must put the plight of people, the ordinary citizens at the centre of our decisions.”

The President noted that even though the current challenges were daunting, it “present an opportunity for ECOWAS to reaffirm its commitment to the vision of our founding fathers and the principles underpinning our commitment to peace, security, and regional integration.

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“We must stand united in our resolve to promote economic integration, democracy, and human rights, with a view to fostering sustainable development across all our member states.

“Times like we currently face in our sub region demand that we take difficult but courageous decisions that put the plight of our people at the centre of our deliberations. Democracy is nothing more than the political framework and the path to addressing the basic needs and aspirations of the people. This is why we must re-examine our current approach to the quest for constitutional order in four of our Member States.

“I therefore urge them to re-consider the decision of the three of them to exit their home and not to perceive our organization as the enemy. I am confident that through our collective efforts and determination, we will navigate the challenges before us and chart a course towards a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous West Africa.”…[CONTINUE READING HERE]>>

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