Nigerian Senate eulogises Tinubu on emergence as ECOWAS chairman

Nigerian Senate eulogises Tinubu on emergence as ECOWAS chairman

The Nigerian Senate has congratulated President Bola Tinubu on his election as Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Mr Tinubu became the Chairman of the sub-regional body during the recently concluded 63rd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.

The congratulatory letter followed a motion moved by Deputy Senate President Jibrin Barau at Wednesday’s plenary.

The Deputy Senate President noted that ECOWAS had reposed great confidence in the leadership qualities of the Nigeria leader, hence the need for the appointment.

“It also reaffirms Nigeria’s leadership role on the African continent generally and the sub-region in particular.

“As the Chairman of ECOWAS, President Bola Tinubu is in a strategic and vantage position to uphold ECOWAS protocol which is promotion of peace and conflict resolution within the West African Sub-region.

“To promote democracy and good governance, strengthen the collective response to security threats within the sub-region, and generally, foster economic cooperation amongst ECOWAS member states.

“The emergence of Tinubu as the Chairman of ECOWAS is a testimony of his avowed commitment to good governance promised Nigeria which the policies and decisions taken so far are yielding results and beginning to reposition our economy.”

On his part, Adamu Aliero (PDP-Kebbi) said: “An honour done to the president is an honour done to all Nigerians. For that reason, we congratulate the president and also Nigerians for getting this honour from the leadership of ECOWAS.

“I am not surprised because the president has proved to be a leader that is very competent in whatever responsibility he is given.

“As a governor, he performed wonderfully well, and as a president, he has started very well, and I am sure he will perform credibly to the admiration of Nigerians.

“He started by removing the petroleum subsidy, which has been lingering for over 18 years.

“We are hoping that the palliatives that he promised will soon come so they can cushion the effects of the petroleum subsidy removal,” he said.

The former Senate President, Ahmad Lawan (APC-Yobe), noted that one way that the upper chamber and, indeed, the National Assembly would help the president was through the ECOWAS parliament.

He said: “Issues that are germane to us and indeed across the ECOWAS, which include security and infrastructure development, must be at the front burner.

“And these are some of the issues that the president has championed before and has promised to champion.

“This is a senate that we will have to make as efficient and effective as possible to support the executive arm of government.”

Orji Uzor Kalu (APC-Abia) appreciated the Heads of State of ECOWAS for recognising Mr Tinubu.

“It is coming at a time when our people in the sub-region are harassed.

“The president should use his office to address these issues,” he said.

In his remarks, President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, described Mr Tinubu’s emergence as a welcome development.

“It further renews the hope of all Nigerians that yes, indeed, the administration of Tinubu will bring good tidings to all.

“As soon as we have our committee on foreign affairs, we will address the issue of harassment of Nigerians outside the country.”



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