Bola Tinubu, the President of Nigeria, has assumed the role of chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), taking over from President Umaro Sissoco Embaló of Guinea-Bissau.
The announcement was made at the 63rd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS leadership, marking Tinubu’s first official engagement on the African continent since assuming office in May.
As the new chair, Tinubu pledged to lead the regional organization with inclusivity and emphasized the importance of democracy. He acknowledged the threats of insecurity posed by Islamist extremist groups and political crises resulting from military coups in some countries within the region.
Tinubu stressed the need for urgent actions to address these challenges, stating that progress and development would remain elusive without a peaceful environment.
It is worth noting that Tinubu’s assumption of the ECOWAS chairmanship coincides with an ongoing legal challenge to the legitimacy of his election victory in Nigeria.