Sunday 23rd July, 2017
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ECOWAS Parliament Speaker wishes Buhari quick recovery

ECOWAS Parliament Speaker wishes Buhari quick recovery

As the First Ordinary Session of the Fourth Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament opens in Abuja, the Par­liament Speaker H.E. Moustapha Cisse Lo has wished him a quick recovery to contin­ue his good work .
Buhari jetted out to London for medical treatment this week.
He also commended Federal Government of Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari have been commended for securing the release and safe return of the 82 Chibok school girls, abducted three years ago by Boko Haram.
Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, also expressed his conviction that in the same spir­it and commitment, the Nigerian government will succeed in rescuing the remaining girls who are still held by Boko Haram.
“We shall continue to pray for him to recov­er fully to continue to serve the nation . I must first of all congratulate the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which, while in­flicting heavy losses on the extremist Boko Haram sect, succeeded through dialogue in freeing at least 82 of the Chibok girls who have been abducted three years ago”, he stated.
Speaker Cisse Lo further stated that the fight against terrorism is now priority in the programs of the ECOWAS Member States as it has become imperative to mobilize the de­fense and security forces of Member States es­pecially for events that bring citizens together.
He congratulated the newly elected Pres­ident of France, Emmanuel Macron for his landslide election to the highest office at the age of 39 years. He also congratulated Mariam Jack Denton on her election as Speaker of the Gambian Parliament, following the legislative election of April 6, 2017 which completed the constitutional order in that country.
In his speech at the occasion, President of the Nigerian Senate and the Chairman of Ni­geria’s National Assembly, Dr. Bukola Saraki in his address, challenged the Parliament to prove itself as an effective instrument for fostering closer ECOWAS integration and development.
Sen. Saraki expressed a desire to “..see the Parliament use its powers of advice today to enable greater democratization and provide advice to member countries going through uncertain times.” He also called for the use of law as a veritable tool for developmental co-operation amongst Member States, whilst ac­knowledging that the institutional role of the ECOWAS Parliament needs to be strength­ened the more, in order to enable it play the pivotal role in the developmental aspirations of the region.

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