Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan to attend his last ECOWAS Summit

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan leaves here Tuesday for Accra, Ghana, to attend the 47th ECOWAS Summit, which will be his last since he is due to vacate office 29 May after losing the 28 March presidential election.

The one-day summit, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of ECOWAS, will receive reports on the current situation in Burkina Faso and Guinea Bissau and deliberate on issues of democratic consolidation and regional peace and stability, the State House said.

It said President Jonathan would be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Aminu Wali; House of Representatives Majority Leader Mulikat Akande and some of his principal aides.

PANA recalls that the celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the regional bloc, originally scheduled for 28 May, have been postponed.

The ECOWAS Commission said ''a new date will be announced after the 47th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, which will take place on 19th May 2015 in Accra, Ghana.''

Though no reason was given for the postponement, PANA reports that it may not be unconnected with the impending change of guard in Nigeria.

President Jonathan will hand over to incoming President Muhammadu Buhari at a ceremony in Abuja on 29 May - a day after the original date of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of ECOWAS.
-0- PANA SEG 19May2015

19 may 2015 09:07:12




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