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65th Session: Tinubu Urges Creation of ECOWAS Standby Force to Tackle Security Threats

Written by Yusuf Zubairu

 

President Bola Tinubu urged the leaders of ECOWAS to establish and maintain a regional standby force for security and economic development.

Speaking at the 65th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Abuja, he stressed the importance of this force in addressing increasing security threats.

He mentioned that cooperation on training, intelligence sharing, and humanitarian efforts has improved through the Regional Action Plan against Terrorism.

Recent meetings between Finance and Defence Ministers in Abuja have focused on raising funds for the ECOWAS Standby Force to enhance counter-terrorism.

Tinubu emphasized that the success of this initiative requires political will and substantial financial resources, urging member states to meet financial recommendations and commitments.

He highlighted the capabilities of Nigeria’s National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and proposed making it a regional center for capacity building.

Additionally, Tinubu called for ECOWAS to reduce overhead costs, set up in-country steering committees, and ensure compliance with the Protocol on the Community Levy.

He committed Nigeria to leading by example in remitting levies and urged ECOWAS management to focus on impactful programs.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu also welcomed Senegalese President Bassirou Diomaye Faye and congratulated Senegal on its recent successful presidential election.

Tinubu acknowledged the challenges of terrorism and political instability in the region and called for unity and innovative approaches to unlock economic potential.

He stressed the importance of investment in infrastructure and regional trade to foster growth and resilience.

Lastly, he sought support for Ambassador Bankole Adeoye’s re-election as AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security in 2025.

Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission, praised Tinubu’s leadership and noted the negative impact of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger’s exit from ECOWAS on citizens and regional agreements.

Bello Wakili