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.
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.