In an address during the 64th ordinary session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Bola Tinubu, Chairman of ECOWAS Authority, emphasized the critical role of good governance in preventing authoritarian takeovers and unconstitutional changes of government in West Africa.
President Tinubu highlighted good governance as a fundamental commitment and a means to address citizens’ concerns, improve their quality of life, and create a stable environment for sustainable development. He asserted that delivering good governance addresses root causes of military interventions in civilian processes in the region.
Commending West African leaders for strengthening democratic achievements, President Tinubu outlined specific measures against member states opting for unconstitutional change. He stressed the importance of engaging countries under military rule with realistic and short transition plans to restore democracy.
The President commended Liberia’s President George Weah for conceding victory, inviting leaders to applaud him. He also acknowledged former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for displaying a similar commitment to democratic ideals in 2015.
President Tinubu addressed the formation of the ‘Alliance of Sahel States’ by some ECOWAS-member states under military rule, describing it as distracting. He emphasized the commitment to ECOWAS integration and urged focus on collective dreams and good governance.
Expressing concern over recent disturbances in Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau, President Tinubu urged leaders to protect democracy and emphasized ECOWAS’ zero tolerance for unconstitutional changes of government.
In a resolute message, President Tinubu asserted, “Without let or hindrance, democracy will win, if we fight for it, and we will definitely fight for democracy.”Follow us on social media