Mali military junta: Again, Buhari, ECOWAS leaders hold emergency meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari By Ismaila Chafe President Muhammadu Buhari has again joined other Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in an emergency virtual extraordinary summit over the ongoing political crisis in Mali. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ECOWAS leaders had earlier met, via […]

Jonathan led mediation with Mali Military Junta ends in stalement

Talks between West African mediators and Mali’s military coup leaders ended on Monday after three days of discussions without any decision on the make-up of a transitional government, a junta spokesman said. West Africa’s regional bloc dispatched negotiators to Mali at the weekend in a bid to reverse President Ibrahim Keita’s removal from power last week. But […]

Mali junta wants three-year military rule, agrees to free president

President of the CNSP (National Committee for the Salvation of the People) Assimi Goita (C) prepares for a meeting between Malian military leaders and an ECOWAS delegation headed by former Nigerian president on August 22, 2020, in an aim to restore order after the military coup in Bamako. West African envoys held talks with Mali’s […]

Buhari, Goodluck Jonathan in private meeting

By Fikayo Olowolagba President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday received Goodluck Jonathan, at the State House in Abuja. The former president went into a closed-door meeting immediately he arrived at the state house. The reason for their meeting has not been disclosed yet, however, it might not be unconnected with the assignment given to Jonathan by […]

ECOWAS mobilising own resources to combat terrorism -Buhari

By Ismaila Chafe President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, commended the renewed vigour by ECOWAS member countries to mobilise their own resources to combat terrorism. Malam Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said the President spoke at the High Level meeting of the African Union Peace […]

Don’t rush to adopt ECOWAS currency, experts tell FG

Ifeanyi Onuba and Anna Okon Some finance and economic experts have called on the Federal Government not to rush into joining the West Africa single currency arrangement that would make Nigeria to adopt the “Eco” as its official currency instead of the naira. The experts who spoke to our correspondents in separate telephone interviews said […]

…if Morocco joins ECOWAS, Nigeria will disintegrate’

Nigeria, ECOWAS and the Morocco question by Reuben Abati I was in Morocco recently, about 20 years after I last visited Timbuktu, Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat and Laayoune. I was quite impressed to see how Morocco with its colour-coded cities remains very much an organized, efficient and a comparatively competitive country. The trip this time began […]

‘Not meeting Israeli’s Netanyahu at ECOWAS Summit marks beginning of the end for Buhari/Osinbajo govt’ (Needless rant: Can Osibanjo leave the country with no one in-charge – that was why he couldn’t attend ECOWAS summit in Liberia?)

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode criticised the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, for not attending the 51st ECOWAS Summit of Heads of State and Government, which took place on Saturday. The summit held in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, afford the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo the opportunity to meet with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who was in […]

Nigeria, 5 other countries’ road to monetary union

BY UDEME CLEMENT With less than six months to the deadline set aside by the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) to adopt a single currency for Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), experts have disagreed on the ability of WAMZ to achieve a unified payment system for the countries within the sub-region, namely Nigeria, […]

Consequences of ECOWAS monetary union could be severe, Okonjo-Iweala warns

By Emma Ujah, Abuja Bureau Chief The Coordinating minister for the Economy and minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has cautioned Economic Community of West African State, ECOWAS, against a hasty launch of the proposed monetary union. Under the arrangement, member states will use a single currency, ECO, just like what obtains among members of […]

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