The 47th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government which held in Ghana, Tuesday turned into a valedictory session as leaders present took turns to pay glowing tribute to President Goodluck Jonathan.
They commended him for his contributions to regional peace, security and overseeing the conduct of successful elections in Nigeria, as well as for conceding victory to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari.
The one-day summit was Jonathan’s last appearance at the regional summit, as President of Nigeria, before the May 29 inauguration of Buhari.
President John Mahama of Ghana, the Chairman of the ECOWAS, opened the torrent of tributes when he described Jonathan’s conduct in the aftermath of the elections as “a personal show of mature statesmanship’’.
Mahama’s speech was greeted with a resounding applause to Jonathan by delegations at the summit.
The ECOWAS chairman expressed the hope that the successful conduct of the general elections in Nigeria and Togo would be replicated in forthcoming elections in Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Guinea.
In his remarks, ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Ouedraogo said ECOWAS had received increased credibility on the political front because of the choices made by Jonathan and Buhari in the conduct of the presidential elections.
Also, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, Mr Mohammed Ibn Chambas, acknowledged Nigeria’s effort in maintaining peace and security in West Africa, notably in Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau and Mali.
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