Leaders from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are gathered in Nigerian capital Abuja for the 62nd ordinary session.
According to organisers, the Heads of State will be considering reports from the Council of Ministers meeting, which held from December 01 to 02, 2022, in Abuja and other issues affecting the region during their session.
The summit is held at a time countries in this region are marred by political instability and recurrent coups largely undermining constitutional rule.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria last week during his address to the Ecowas parliament, urged the regional bloc institutions to ensure that countries in the region are all returned to constitutional rule.
“We are convinced that the sustenance of democracy and the rule of law should remain the norm in this promising region. We need to restore democratic rule in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso,” the president said.
President Buhari also noted that the global economic downturn has deeply affected the economies of the sub-region and resulted in dire economic hardships for the citizens of the community.
He urged ECOWAS parliamentarians to perform their sacred responsibility of considering the Community budget with diligence, while bearing in mind the sacrifice of various countries in the payment of Community Levy.