Niger President replaces Buhari as ECOWAS Chairman


Niger President replaces Buhari as ECOWAS Chairman. President of Niger , Issoufou Mahamadou has now been elected as the new chair of ECOWAS for a one-year term.

Mahamadou was elected at the 55th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS leaders on Saturday in Abuja , taking over from the outgone President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.

A communiqué read by Mr. Mustapha Suleiman , Nigeria’s Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs , said that the leaders lauded Buhari for his unrelenting commitment to regional integration.

The authority also agreed to hold its next ordinary session on Dec. 21 in Abuja , NAN reports.

The presidents of 13 of the 15 heads of state were in attendance for the session.


They were the presidents of Benin , Burkina Faso , Cote d’Ivoire , The Gambia , Ghana , Guinea , Guinea Bissau , Liberia , Mali , Niger , Nigeria , Sierra Leone , and Togo.

Cabo Verde was represented by Mr Julio Cesar Lopes , Minister of Regional Integration and Senegal was represented by Mr Amadou Ba , Minister of Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad.

The session was also attended by the President of ECOWAS Commission Jean-Claude Brou and Dr Mohamed Ibn Chambas , Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel.

Others in attendance were President of the International Criminal Court , Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji and Mr Abdallah , President of the Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union.

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