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  • Updated: February 17, 2024

ECOWAS exit: Tinubu woos Niger, others back to dialogue table

ECOWAS exit: Tinubu woos Niger, others back to  dialogue tab

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has urged Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso to return to the table to dialogue their exit from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The president said the disagreement over constitutional changes should not mean the end of unity between the regional countries. 

Tinubu made the call on Saturday while addressing African leaders at the 37th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The president said: "The drive for a peaceful, strong, and united West Africa is bigger than any one person or group of people. 

"The bonds of history, culture, commerce, geography, and brotherhood hold deep meaning for our people. Thus, out of the dust and fog of misunderstanding and acrimony, we must seize the chance to create a new people-centric era of trust and accord. 

"To all who care to listen, I declare that if you come to the table to discuss important matters in good faith, you will find Nigeria and ECOWAS already sitting there waiting to greet you as the brother that you are."

As contained in a statement by his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu also expressed Nigeria's readiness to host the African Central Bank in line with the Abuja Treaty, ensuring its take off in 2028.

He said: "As a continent and as individual nations, we face strong headwinds and difficult hurdles threatening to complicate our mission to bring qualitative democratic governance and economic development to our people. 

"Many of these obstacles, such as climate change and unfair patterns of global trade, are largely not of our making. 

"However, some of the pitfalls, including coup-birthed autocracies and the deleterious tinkering with constitutional tenure provisions, are developmental cancers we as Africans are giving to ourselves."

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