President Bola Tinubu, serving as the Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, on Sunday, delivered a compelling address at the 64th ordinary session of the ECOWAS Authority.
The Nigerian leader advocated for a focus on good governance as a pivotal shield against authoritarian takeovers and unconstitutional government changes in West Africa.
Emphasizing good governance as an indispensable catalyst for securing popular support and driving socio-economic transformation, President Tinubu highlighted its pivotal role in addressing citizen concerns and fostering stability for sustainable development.
“The delivery of good governance is not just a fundamental commitment; it is also an avenue to address the concerns of our citizens, to improve their quality of life, and create a stable environment conducive to the achievement of sustainable development,” he emphasized.
Tinubu outlined specific measures to counter any member state veering towards unconstitutional changes of government, stressing the significance of engaging with countries under military rule through realistic transition plans aimed at reinstating democracy and good governance.
Applauding Liberian President George Weah’s exemplary leadership, Tinubu commended Weah’s gesture of conceding victory and congratulating his opponent after a presidential election, setting a precedent for democratic ideals within the region.
Expressing concern over the emergence of the ‘Alliance of Sahel States’ formed by some ECOWAS-member states under military rule, Tinubu labelled it a distraction from the pursuit of ECOWAS integration.
He reiterated ECOWAS’ unwavering commitment to democracy, good governance, and the collective aspirations of the region.
Addressing recent unrest in Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau, Tinubu reaffirmed ECOWAS’s staunch stance against unconstitutional changes in government.
He urged steadfast support for democratically elected leadership in the face of challenges, highlighting the imperative of protecting democracy.
“Without let or hindrance, democracy will win, if we fight for it, and we will definitely fight for democracy,” the president stated.