TSF hails Tinubu’s re-election as ECOWAS Chairman as a pivotal moment for West africa

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By Iyiola Olalere

Flowerbudnews:    The Tinubu Stakeholders Forum (TSF) has described the re-election of President Bola Tinubu as the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a pivotal moment in the annals of diplomacy and governance in West Africa.

In a statement signed by its Chairman Ahmad Sajoh and Secretary Josiah Afolabi, on Thursday in Abuja, the group noted that the crucial moment for the development of democracy elicited the unanimous vote of confidence on the President’s democtatic credentials as recorded in the last one year.

The TSF said: “This exceptional vote of confidence underscores the region’s trust in Tinubu’s visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to fostering economic integration and political stability of member states.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the chairmanship of ECOWAS is historically an annually rotating position among member states, designed to ensure equitable representation and balanced leadership.

However, the re-election of a chairman, though infrequent, is not without precedent. It serves as a testament to exemplary stewardship.

“We recall notably that Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso served as chairman in 1990 and again in 2011, illustrating the trust and respect garnered through effective leadership.

Tinubu’s re-election thus places him in a distinguished lineage of leaders whose governance has been deemed worthy of continuity.

“Under Tinubu’s initial tenure, ECOWAS witnessed a significant bolstering of its initiatives aimed at regional security and economic integration.

His diplomatic acumen played a crucial role in mediating political crises, exemplified by his instrumental efforts in navigating the complexities of the political transition in Guinea-Bissau, for instance.

“His proactive approach in fostering economic collaboration led to the reinforcement of intra-regional trade agreements, thus laying a robust foundation for sustainable development.

“As President Tinubu embarks on his renewed mandate in the sub region, we are convinced that his strategic vision is set to steer ECOWAS through the myriad challenges facing the region.

“With a focus on enhancing security cooperation, bolstering economic resilience and advancing social development, Tinubu’s leadership promises a future of prosperity and stability for West Africa. His blueprint includes innovative policies to tackle insurgency, expand digital economies, and fortify public health systems against future pandemics.

“For us, Tinubu’s re-election is a beacon of continuity and hope for ECOWAS as it signifies a collective resolve to harness the strength of unity and collaboration in addressing common challenges.”

TSF also called on member-states to rally behind President Tinubu to ensure a shared vision of peace, prosperity, and progress.

Biola Lawal

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