Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will leave Abuja on Saturday for Accra, Ghana to participate in the 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government today in the West African country.A statement by the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Friday in Abuja said that President Buhari would join other Heads of State of Government of ECOWAS for the mid-year statutory meeting of the regional bloc, with the exception of Mali, which was recently suspended from the group.
It added that former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the ECOWAS Special Envoy and Mediator to Mali, would present a report on his latest working visit to the West African country to the Summit of the Heads of State.
According to the statement, the Heads of State and Government will also receive a report on ECOWAS institutional reforms, single-currency programmes and a memorandum on the proposed mechanism of rotation of ECOWAS Member States’ candidature to the Chairmanship of the African Union.
The 59th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government was preceded by the 46th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council (MSC) at the Ministerial Level and the 86th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, in Accra, Ghana.
The MSC, comprising of Ministers responsible for defence and foreign affairs from ECOWAS member-states, considered the security situation in the ECOWAS Region, among other topical issues on the agenda while the 86th Ordinary Session considered a memorandum on the post-COVID-19 industry recovery plan, the 2021 mid-term report of the President of the ECOWAS Commission and the ongoing institutional reforms at ECOWAS, among others.
President Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, Minister of Defence, Maj. General Bashir Magashi (rtd), Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, and the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.
Other members of the entourage are the National Security Adviser, Maj. General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar.