The Committee of Diaspora Chairmen has congratulated President Bola Tinubu on his emergence as the new Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Chairman of the CDC, Tunde Doherty expressed a strong conviction that Tinubu’s vast experience on diaspora matters will greatly enhance and foster the development of ECOWAS.

Doherty also urges the president to leverage his position to further engage with Africans in the diaspora, recognizing their immense potential in driving sustainable development and fostering stronger ties between West Africa and the rest of the world.

“His understanding of the diaspora’s aspirations, concerns, and contributions will undoubtedly enrich ECOWAS’ agenda and ensure inclusive development for all.

“We commend his dedication to democratic principles, good governance, and the rule of law. His previous achievements as a respected statesman, political leader, and advocate for social justice have left an indelible mark on the political landscape of Nigeria and beyond. We are confident that his tenure as ECOWAS Chairman will further enhance these values across the West African region,” he said.

Tinubu was elected as chairman at the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS.

The president, who accepted the honour, pledged to bear the responsibility of the office and run an inclusive administration of the regional organisation.

But Doherty, who signed the statement on behalf of 19 other diaspora chairmen spread across Africa, Europe, Asia, and America, hailed the new ECOWAS chairman, saying the appointment was a well-deserved honour.

“Tinubu’s ascension to the position of ECOWAS Chairman marks a significant milestone in his illustrious career, and we are certain that he will excel in this new role. His visionary approach, vast experience, and deep understanding of the challenges facing the West African region make him eminently qualified to steer ECOWAS toward greater heights.

“Under his leadership, we anticipate that ECOWAS will witness renewed vigor in advancing regional integration, fostering economic growth, and strengthening political stability among member states. His relentless pursuit of peace, stability, and prosperity for the people of West Africa serves as a beacon of hope for the entire region.

“As the Committee of Diaspora Chairmen, we pledge our unwavering support and commitment to work collaboratively with him and ECOWAS in achieving the shared objectives of regional integration, socio-economic development, and fostering a peaceful and prosperous West Africa.

“May his tenure as Chairman of ECOWAS be marked by remarkable achievements, transformative policies, and an enduring legacy for future generations. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact he will undoubtedly have on the entire West African region,” he stated.