BREAKING: Tinubu Expected To Step Aside as ECOWAS Chairman, Details Emerge

BREAKING: Tinubu Expected To Step Aside as ECOWAS Chairman, Details Emerge

  • A new chairman may emerge at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) 65th Ordinary Session meeting in Abuja
  • This is because President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s tenure as ECOWAS Chairman will elapse on Tuesday, July 9, 2024
  • The presidents and representatives of 12 member states will converge to pick a new chairman on Sunday, July 7 journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5 years of experience covering metro and government policy

FCT, Abuja - President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will step aside as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government on Tuesday, July 9.

The Nigerian president, Tinubu’s tenure comes to an end today (Sunday).

President Tinubu steps aside as ECOWAS Chairman
Tinubu's tenure as ECOWAS Chairman ends on Tuesday, July 9 Photo credit: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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Tinubu is expected to pass on the torch to another leader at the 65th Ordinary Session of the Authority currently holding at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigerian Tribune reports.

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PAY ATTENTION: Share your outstanding story with our editors! Please reach us through! recalls that Tinubu was unanimously endorsed as ECOWAS chairman in July 2023 at the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Authority in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.

It was gathered that presidents and representatives of 12 member states will converge on the State House Conference Centre, Abuja, for an Extraordinary Summit on Sunday, July 7.

The meeting would likely see the West African leaders pick a new chair to steer the affairs of the bloc for the next year, The Punch reports.

However, there are indications that Tinubu’s tenure may be extended to give him time to possibly win back Niger Republic, Mali and Burkina Faso back to the Commission.

A Presidency source who spoke on condition of anonymity said:

“Some people say he should hand over and others say he should continue. But they will decide tomorrow.”

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Tinubu sues for peace amid Niger's threat to exit ECOWAS

Meanwhile, reported that Tinubu tasked legislators of the ECOWAS parliament to ensure that Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali remain in the subregional body.

Tinubu, who also serves as the chairman of the regional body, stated this before the swear-in of the legislators at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja, on Thursday, April 4, 2023.

He told the parliamentarians that it is their responsibility to reach resolute grounds using diplomatic means to unify the region and help strengthen its development.


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Adekunle Dada (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Adekunle Dada is a journalist with over 5 years of working experience in the media. He has worked with PM News, The Sun and Within Nigeria before joining as a Politics/Current Affairs Editor. He holds a B.Sc. in Mass Communication from Lagos State University (LASU). He can be reached via