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Bola Tinubu’s Endorsement of Direct Elections into ECOWAS Parliament

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Advocating for a significant shift, President Bola Tinubu has thrown his weight behind the proposal advocating for the direct election of parliament members within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Emphasizing the importance of citizen involvement in the selection of their representatives, Tinubu expressed his support for this initiative. During the swearing-in ceremony of 97 members into the 6th ECOWAS parliament at the Abuja International Conference Centre, Tinubu remarked, “Having been a legislator previously, I eagerly await the assessment of the proposal. We are in favor of paving the way for direct elections into the ECOWAS parliament.”

His statements were made against the backdrop of the current composition of the ECOWAS parliament, which consists of lawmakers appointed by the 15 member states.

Tinubu underlined, “The direct election of public officials reflects democratic principles, which are held in high regard by Nigeria.

“This approach is consistent with the ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance.

“We are confident that this will empower citizens to directly influence their representation, enhancing its credibility and legitimacy.”

He assured the members of the sixth ECOWAS Parliament that Nigeria, being the community’s host, “will consistently offer its support to help you achieve your goals.”

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