President Bola Tinubu has been re-elected as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), marking about one year since he first assumed the role.

The Nigerian leader, who came into power in May 2023, secured his re-election during the 65th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government. The session was held on Sunday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

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In his opening remarks at the summit, President Tinubu called on ECOWAS member states to make financial commitments to aid in the fight against terrorism in the region.

“As we move to operationalize the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) in combating terrorism, I must emphasize that the success of this plan requires not only strong political will but also substantial financial resources,” he stated.

“We must therefore ensure that we meet the expectations and recommendations set forth by our ministers of defence and finance in order to counter insecurity and stabilize our region. Member states must make extra commitments to providing resources for stabilizing the region,” Tinubu added.