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Tinubu Urges Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger to Reconsider Withdrawal from ECOWAS



Tinubu Urges Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger to Reconsider Withdrawal from ECOWAS

On Saturday, President Bola Tinubu called on Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger to reconsider their decision to withdraw from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Tinubu, who is ECOWAS chairman, in his welcome address on the Extra-Ordinary Summit on the Peace, Political and Security situation in the ECOWAS Sub-Region, in Abuja on Saturday, said times like what the sub-region is currently facing demanded that the leaders took difficult but courageous decisions that put the plight of the people at the centre of their deliberations.

Democracy is nothing more than the political framework and the path to addressing the basic needs and aspirations of the people. This is why we must re-examine our current approach to the quest for constitutional order in four of our Member States.

“I therefore urge them to re-consider the decision of the three of them to exit their home and not to perceive our organization as the enemy,” he said.

According to Tinubu, “we are gathered here to address pressing developments in our sub-region surrounding the peace and security as well as the political situations in the Republics of Niger, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Mali. We must approach these issues with a sense of unity and commitment to the well-being of our people.

“Permit me to say that the complexities of the issues at hand necessitate a comprehensive and collaborative approach. Accordingly, it is incumbent upon us to engage in constructive dialogue, exercise prudent judgement, and work collectively towards finding enduring solutions that will lead to sustainable peace and security as well as political stability in our region.”

Tinubu said the gravity of their responsibilities as leaders in these challenging times could not be overstated “and it is through our concerted efforts and a deep sense of history that we can address these challenges in the spirit of shared vision, solidarity and collective responsibilities.

“I come before you today burdened by the weight of the challenges confronting us. I am equally buoyed by the spirit of collective resolve that defines our ECOWAS community. This extraordinary summit was convened at a critical juncture that demands our focused attention on regional issues.

In the course of this Summit, therefore, we would receive a Memorandum from the ECOWAS Commission President on the peace, security and political situation in the region. The Memorandum will give us an update on the current situation in the Republics of Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali and Niger.

“On that note, our decisions must be guided by our commitment to safeguarding the constitutional order, upholding democratic principles, and promoting the social and economic well-being of the citizens of the aforementioned countries.”

The ECOWAS chairman stated that the leaders would deliberate on the announced withdrawal from ECOWAS by the Republics of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger and that in the spirit of collective security and African solidarity, the community realised that the stability of these nations is intricately linked to the overall peace and security of West Africa.

“As such, it is pertinent that we engage in constructive deliberations to examine the actions taken by these countries and ensure that the citizens are not denied the benefits derived from our regional integration initiatives. In our ensuing discussions, we must put the plight of people, the ordinary citizens at the centre of our decisions.

“In a similar vein, the recent decision by the Constitutional Council of Senegal to annul the postponement of the electoral process is a matter that demands our attention. We commend our brother Macky Sall for agreeing to
abide by the Court’s decision to organize election as soon as possible and to step down in line with the rule of law. We must all commend his courage and statesmanship as we wish him the very best in his future endeavours,” he added.

Tinubu said these challenges, though daunting, presented an opportunity for ECOWAS to reaffirm its commitment to the vision of its founding fathers and the principles underpinning their commitment to peace, security, and regional integration.

“We must stand united in our resolve to promote economic integration, democracy, and human rights, with a view to fostering sustainable development across all our member states.

“I am confident that through our collective efforts and determination, we will navigate the challenges before us and chart a course towards a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous West Africa,” he stated.