The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has commended the Federal Government for preparation for the 2023 elections in Nigeria.
The commendation came when the ECOWAS leaders convened an extraordinary summit this weekend to examine the progress made with the transitions in Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Mali, as well as the level of preparations for elections in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
The meeting which took place on the margins of the 36th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa under the Chairmanship of Umaro Sissoco Embalo, President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau and Chair of ECOWAS Authority, also deliberated on the update on the establishment of a Regional Force against Terrorism and for the restoration of constitutional order, and a briefing on the outcome of the EU-ECOWAS Political Dialogue that took place in Brussels, from 6th to 7th February 2023.
President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama while others in attendance included the President of the Republic of Cabo Verde; Jose Maria Neves; President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; President of the Republic of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum; President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Julius Maada Bio, amongst others.
“The Authority commends the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the efforts deployed so far aimed at securing a secure environment for the peaceful conduct of the general elections.
“The Heads of State and Government instruct the President of the Commission to provide the necessary technical assistance in support of the general elections through the deployment of short and long-term observation missions,” the statement read.