President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria will keep
pledges made to the ECOWAS Parliament, and to the
sub-regional body at large.
Buhari gave the assurance on Tuesday at the State
House, Abuja, while receiving a team from ECOWAS
Parliament, led by the Speaker, Dr Sidie Mohammed
Tunis, and was contained in a statement signed by his
spokesman, Femi Adesina.
He commended the parliament for planning to fill its
positions subsequently through elections, which would
be incorporated into general elections of member
countries, noting that “it would be cost-effective.”
On the construction of a parliament building in Abuja,
President Buhari said he was pleased that the body was
collaborating with the Minister of Federal Capital
Territory, adding: “We will try to encourage the
contractor. All promises we made to ECOWAS
Parliament, and the sub-regional group at large, would be
Speaker Tunis expressed sympathy to the government
and people of Nigeria on the recent losses from terror
attacks, saying Nigeria was resilient to defeat the
He also applauded Nigeria for its many support to the
ECOWAS Parliament, informing that the plan is now to
strengthen the body through electing its officials rather
than their being appointed.
“When they are elected, they will be more committed,
and the election would be tied to national polls of
member countries,” the Speaker said.
He added that the vision for a parliament building in
Abuja is that it would be completed before May, 2023, so
that President Buhari would commission it before leaving