Extra-Ordinary Ministerial Session of The ECOWAS Mediation And Security Council Holds In Abuja.08 Feb, 2024
Extra-Ordinary Ministerial Session of The ECOWAS Mediation And Security Council Holds In Abuja.
An Extra-ordinary Session of the Mediation and Security Council (MSC) at Ministerial Level is holding at the ECOWAS Commission headquarters in Abuja, today, February 8, 2024, to discuss the recent decisions of three member states to withdraw from ECOWAS.
The Chairman of the MSC and Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar told the opening ceremony that these decisions have generated considerable concern across the region and beyond.
He described the meeting as crucial “to devise solutions to the challenges presented by these decisions” but stressed that “in our pursuit of solutions, we must remain committed to the principles of democratic governance and safeguarding the right of our people to freely elect their leaders.”
Ambassador Tuggar added that “It goes without saying that we are stronger together as a Community. We project not just our common values and a more attractive market. We also can deal more effectively with those shared challenges that go beyond national borders: climate change, violent extremism, migration and organized crime, to name but a few.”
H.E. Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, the President of the ECOWAS Commission said the unfolding events in the Region are posing threats to peace and political stability in the West African community.
President Touray in a profound statement declared that ‘’if there is a time for ECOWAS to stay together, this is the time and stressed that ‘’there is no challenge that ECOWAS cannot overcome.’’
He said there was no real basis in the reasons given by the countries for their withdrawal of their membership of ECOWAS and added that they did not reflect on the implications of this decision to their citizens.
“The hasty decision of withdrawal of membership of ECOWAS did not take into account the conditions for withdrawal of membership from ECOWAS, as espoused in the 1993 ECOWAS Revised Treaty. But more importantly, the three Member States have not really reflected on the implications of this decision on the citizens.”
It will be recalled that Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger announced their withdrawal from ECOWAS “with immediate effect” through a joint communiqué signed by representatives of all three countries on 28th January 2024 which was subsequently followed by separate official notifications on the January 29th, 2024.
The Extraordinary meeting of the Mediation and Security Council at Ministerial Level is made up of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence from ECOWAS Member States.