President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to ECOWAS leaders not to elongate their tenure in office beyond constitutional limits.
He made the call while presenting Nigeria’s General Statement at the 57th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government in Niamey, Niger Republic.
The President urged his colleagues to respect constitutional provisions and ensure free and fair elections.
According to him, it is important that as leaders of individual Member-States of ECOWAS, they need to adhere to the constitutional provisions of their respective countries, particularly on term limits.
He stressed that it is one area that generates crisis and political tension in the sub-region.
He pointed out that the challenges facing the sub-region are enormous; from socio-economic matters to security issues, the ECOWAS sub-region cannot afford another political crisis, in the guise of tenure elongation.
On security, the Nigerian leader noted that, Terrorism continues to be the greatest security threat in the sub-region, complicating other national security challenges.
He called on ECOWAS leaders to collaborate more by working hand in hand with each other, to combat the root causes of the different security-related manifestations in their countries.