Nigerian Leader Receives ECOWAS Chairman, Advocates Constitutional Resolution of Liberian Crisis

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja, called for constitutional resolution of the current political stalemate in Liberia and appealed to all concerned parties to patiently await the verdict of the Supreme Court.

The president who made the call while receiving Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe, who is also the current Chairman of ECOWAS, said he was hopeful that the awaited Supreme Court verdict would pave the way for peaceful transfer of power.

A statement by the president’s media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari also told the ECOWAS Chairman that the leading political actors in Guinea Bissau need to agree to a resolution and transition arrangements that will clear the coast for 2018 elections in the country.

The statement added that the ECOWAS Chairman said he had come to visit Buhari over a myriads of challenges facing the West African region with a view to securing his counsel on the best way to resolve the issues.

According to the statement, Gnassingbe said they both reviewed the political debacle in Liberia, Guinea Bissau and Togo, and also discussed the ongoing reform in ECOWAS.

“He said they were both satisfied with the progress made so far in implementing the reforms in the regional body, expressing support for the rules and regulations endorsed by the ECOWAS Council of Ministers as guide for the selection of leaders of the ECOWAS Commission.

“The ECOWAS Chairman said the institution’s Heads of State meeting will be held in Abuja in December,” the statement added.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.