Nigeria’s President Buhari calls for accountability in sub-region

Buhari meets ECOWAS leadership

LAGOS, Nigeria –The leader of Nigeria has called for accountability and good neighborliness in the West African sub-region and on the African continent.

President Muhammadu Buhari made the call in a statement delivered on Saturday during a with the Economic Community of West African States President Marcel A. De Souza in Abuja, capital of Nigeria.

Buhari praised the leadership of the ECOWAS Commission for urging and ensuring accountability from its headquarters staff, by inviting Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to review its books.

The Nigerian leader said his country would continue to fulfill its obligations to the sub-regional body.

Nigeria, which hosts the 52nd Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government on December 16 is considered one of the most powerful nation in the sub-region in military, resources and population.

The Nigerian leader also requested for a formal report on the situation in Guinea Bissau at the ECOWAS summit.  Nigeria is contributing a huge number of troops to maintain throughout the West African sub-region, including Guinea Bissau.

“We need our troops back home and I hope the President of that country [Guinea Bissau] will accept a constitutional way to resolve the situation there,” Buhari added.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.
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