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Jonathan grateful for ECOWAS leaders' support

20 May 2015, 08:21Augustine Osayande

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has appreciated leaders from West African sub-region for the support and cooperation with his administration and the country during his reign.

The outgoing President stated this in his remark at the 47th Ordinary Summit of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Ghana.

“I must start this brief remark by expressing my profound appreciation to you, the Government and People of Ghana for the warm reception accorded me and my delegation since our arrival here in Accra," HE SAID.

"The traditionally warm hospitality that has been extended inspires admiration of the brotherly people of Ghana. It also certainly underscores the committed, forthright and exemplary leadership that you have personally offered our sub-region since assuming the Chairmanship of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government."

He thanked the ECOWAS Commission for the earnest efforts that went into the convening of this 47th Ordinary Summit of ECOWAS.

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“It is no wonder that our Organisation continues to move from strength to strength in the face of both the strong leadership provided by our Chairman and the tireless work of the Commission under its President and staff. As we are all aware, this Summit coincides with the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of our organisation,” Jonathan said.

He believes that this milestone calls for acknowledgement of the exceptional vision of the founding fathers which has inspired a united approach to addressing our common challenges.

“Unity of purpose and action has enabled us to build our strength as we move forward to enhanced sub-regional cooperation and integration. The significant progress we have made so far can only be sustained and built upon through even closer consultations, collaboration and cohesion amongst us,” Jonathan said.

He said Nigeria remained fully committed to the goal of an integrated and single West African community of nations and people.

“We have, therefore, spared no efforts in ensuring the early detection of conflict and in taking necessary measures for its elimination in our sub-region. We do so, on the strong conviction that without peace, there will be no development; and that our peoples cannot be weaned out of poverty and deprivation without development,” he said.

Jonathan also congratulated Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, on his recent re-election as President of the Republic of Togo.

“The successful conduct of that election devoid of violence and held in a free, fair and credible manner further confirms that democracy has indeed come to stay in our sub-region.”

- CAJ News


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