President Muhammadu Buhari has called on ECOWAS leaders to forge stronger solidarity in order to address the new challenges, including the current third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and its Omicron variant.
He made the call at the 60th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS in Abuja.
Buhari also noted that the sub-region had continued to face socioeconomic, political, security, and environmental realities linked to Coronavirus pandemic.
He also observed that democracy was being challenged in Mali and Guinea, adding that threats were looming around environmental degradation and climate change on farming system in the sub-region.
Buhari however pay tribute to President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Chair of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government for the purposeful leadership, commitment and energy he continues to exert on our behalf to resolve the challenges confronting our organization.
In his remarks, Akufo-Addo noted that the 60th ordinary session was convened within the confines of a ravaging pandemic, and increased threats from terrorist groups. He added that the bloc must take decisions on political, socio economic insecurity issue, the threshold terrorisms, violent extremists, and the military interventions in Mali and Guinea Bissau.