President Buhari Appointed By ECOWAS To Lead Fight Against COVID-19 In West Africa
President Muhammadu Buhari was today appointed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lead in the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the West African region.
This was confirmed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.
Mr. Adesina was present at a summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West Africa States, which was convened by the regional leaders to deliberate on the COVID-19 pandemic.
He told newsmen that the West African leaders discussed how to tackle the period of COVID-19 and what to do after the pandemic is over. He also stated that as the summit was about closing, it was decided that there should be a champion who would lead the response of the sub-region and that the champion chosen was President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.
During the summit, President Muhammadu Buhari advocated for total debt cancellation for African countries to enable the African continent to survive the post-coronavirus era. He also commended the World Bank and Africa Development Bank (AfDB) for their contributions towards fighting the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.
The two financial institutions were urged by the Chairman of the ECOWAS and President of Niger Republic, Alhaji Mahamadou Issoufou, to do more for the African continent so as to save more lives.
It was reported that about 13 ECOWAS leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari, participated in the summit.