On Sunday, the outgoing president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Umaru Sissoko Embalo passed the baton to his successor Mr. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the new Nigerian Head of State.

The sixty-third ordinary session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS was held on July 9, 2023 in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.

During this summit, the heads of state of West Africa chose the new Nigerian president Bola Tinubu to lead their regional bloc, next year, replacing the leader of Bissau-Guinean Umaro Sissoco Embalo.

Speaking at a summit in Bissau after being elected ECOWAS chairman, Bola Tinubu said democracy was “the best form of government”, although it is “very difficult to manage”.

“Nigeria is back! ”, assured Bola Tinubu. Barely appointed unanimously, he announced the color: his priority is the establishment, the consolidation of democracy in the ECOWAS space.

Bola Tinubu, who was sworn in as president of Africa’s largest economy in May, said ECOWAS members would pursue “inclusive” economic integration over the coming year.