Abuja - Former Nigerian Head of Sate and a founder of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Yakubu Gowon, has called for more unity within the regional bloc.
Speaking in Abuja after meeting President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, Gowon advocated for the creation of a government of West Africa that would work for the common good of the 15-nation bloc.
“The objective when we founded ECOWAS (in May1975) was for an organization that will work for the benefit of all people in the Community. Pending when the dream of a United States of Africa is realized, West Africa can show the way,” Gowon said at the ECOWAS headquarters.
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He expressed delight at the achievements attained by the organization in its four decades of existence, particularly the Common Passport and the free movement of persons, goods and services under the organization’s flagship visa-free protocol.
Gowon was Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975
- CAJ News