President Muhammadu Buhari has been elected as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The President was elected to the position on Tuesday during the 53rd session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS in Lome, the Togolese capital.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, although the President did not put himself up for the post, he promised to work to take ECOWAS “to greater heights”.
“I am truly humbled and pledge to serve and work with all of you to deliver on peace, security, good governance and socio-economic development of the sub-region,” the President was quoted as saying.
President Buhari praised his predecessor and President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe, for successfully hosting two important meetings of the Joint Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and ECOWAS as well as the 53rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS.
Different reactions have trailed this news, and while some went ahead to give their congratulations, others… well… See tweets below:
President Muhammadu Buhari is now the chairman of ECOWAS.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry for West Africa. pic.twitter.com/HIBroTe6pz
— 9jaWitches 🧙🏼♀️🇳🇬 (@badgalmaddie_) August 1, 2018
I congratulate you our Dear humble president Muhammadu Buhari over your emergence as the new ECOWAS president.
— Inuwa Jarmiya (@jarmiyasufi) August 1, 2018
Congratulations President Muhammadu buhari, this is an international recognition
— Abdul (@avdulqadir) August 1, 2018
Should we be afraid that "President Muhammadu Buhari" is the new chairman of ECOWAS??? Because see what he's using Nigeria arm forces for… Am Just imagining what he's going to use the ECOWAS arm forces for??? hmmm God help Nigeria
— Your Village People (@Ur_Village_Pipo) August 1, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari has been elected the new Chairman of ECOWAS.
A president who is performing BELOW expection in his primary assignment, has just been given an extra work.
We are in SOUP😭
— Kemi Ariyo (@d_problemsolver) August 1, 2018