The ECOWAS Chairmanship is a position held by one of the heads of state or government of the member countries, chosen on a rotating basis for a one-year tenure.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Nigerian President has emerged as the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States.
He was elected chairman at the 63rd Ordinary Session of the regional bloc held on Sunday afternoon in Bissau, capital of Guinea-Bissau.
The Nigerian leader said
“We will take democracy seriously, Democracy is very tough but it is the form of government”.
Tinubu said this after he received handover documents from the outgoing chairman who is Guinea-Bissau’s President, Umaro Embaló.
The Chairman plays a strategic role in conflict resolution, advocacy and liaises with the President of the ECOWAS Commission, the executive responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of ECOWAS policies and decisions.
Though the role does not confer executive powers.
Former President Buhari had occupied the position from 2018 to 2019.