At the end of their 50th ordinary session, leaders of West African countries, ECOWAS, took decisions on member countries including Gambia, Mali, and Guinea Bissau.
In the communiqué released after their meeting in Abuja, the leaders called on Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, to ensure the president-elect is sworn-in on January 18 in conformity with the Gambian constitution.
On Boko Haram, the West African leaders supported the efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to combat terrorism and agreed to set up a special fund.
“The Authority decides to create a special solidarity fund for the victims of terrorism and calls on the international community to support the implementation of the ‘Buhari Plan” for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of North-East Nigeria,” the communiqué states.
Read the full communique below.
FIFTIETH ORDINARY SESSION OF THE ECOWAS AUTHORITY OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT 17 December 2016, Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria FINAL COMMUNIQUE
1. The Fiftieth Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was convened on 17 December 2016 in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, under the chairmanship of H. E. Mrs Ellen JOHNSON-SIRLEAF, President of the Republic of Liberia and current Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.
2. The session was attended by the under-listed Heads of State and Government or their duly mandated representatives: H. E. Mr Alassane OUATTARA, President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire H.E. Mr John Dramani MAHAMA, President of the Republic of Ghana; H.E. Prof. Alpha CONDE, President of the Republic of Guinea and H.E. Mr José Mário Vaz, President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau.