Mali, B/Faso, Niger told to reaffirm commitment to ECOWAS’ principles

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By Victor Nwegede, Abakaliki

The League of African Ambassadors has called on the governments of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger to reaffirm their commitment to the principles and values of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The President of the African Ambassadors, Amb Nwannebuike Ominyi made the call yesterday while commending ECOWAS for its decision to lift sanctions on Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, saying the action reflects a shared dedication to fostering peace, stability, and prosperity across the region.

According to him, the lifting of sanctions by ECOWAS marks a significant stride in the collective pursuit of peace and prosperity in West Africa. It serves as a testament to the potency of dialogue, cooperation, and solidarity in surmounting challenges and charting a course towards a more prosperous future for the continent.

He expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority, and the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS for their decisive leadership in this matter.

The President who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Iduma Chris Mayor said, the lifting of sanctions underscores ECOWAS’s commitment to safeguarding the welfare of African citizens and underscores the spirit of resilience and unity.

He emphasized that withdrawal from the community is not a solution; rather, embracing dialogue and cooperation offers constructive avenues for addressing common challenges.

“The decision by ECOWAS underscores the efficacy of dialogue and collaborative efforts in resolving disputes and addressing challenges within the community. It emphasizes the imperative of remaining united within the ECOWAS family to promote peace, stability, progress, and prosperity.

“The League of African Ambassadors reaffirmed its steadfast support for ECOWAS in its mission to advance peace, stability, and development in West Africa,” he asserted.

He urged all member states to collaborate in solidarity and mutual respect to overcome any obstacle that may arise. He also advised the international community to sustain its support for ECOWAS and other regional bodies in their endeavours to build peace and resolve conflicts.

He stressed the significance of a locally-driven approach in addressing Africa’s challenges effectively and equally reiterated the League’s commitment to the vision of a peaceful, prosperous, and integrated African continent.