The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is aware of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s accusations regarding certificate fabrication.
Reportedly, the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), a democracy advocacy group, has encouraged the regional body to look into the accusations made against the president, who also serves as the chairman of ECOWAS.
NADECO USA stated that if the claims were confirmed, they would “seriously undermine the credibility and trustworthiness” of ECOWAS in a letter written by its Executive Director, Lloyd Ukwu, and received by newsmen on Wednesday.
In addition, the group demanded that Tinubu step down as ECOWAS Chairman immediately while the investigation’s results were being ascertained.
In order to ensure the success of both the organization and the region as a whole, the letter stated, “We believe that ECOWAS must uphold the highest standards of integrity and credibility in its leadership.”
“Recent reports and allegations regarding the conduct of Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who serves as the current Chairman of ECOWAS, have cast doubt on his integrity and credibility, as well as that of ECOWAS as an organization.”
NADECO USA stated that among the charges against Tinubu were drug-related offenses committed in the US as well as certificate falsification at Chicago State University.
In addition, the organization pointed out that Tinubu had not refuted the accusations, which were now publicly known.
The letter stated, “It is morally dubious and internationally embarrassing for a president facing such allegations to hold such prominent position within our regional organization.”
“We humbly request that the ECOWAS member nations launch a comprehensive and deliberate inquiry into the accusations pertaining to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is presently serving as Chairman. These accusations seriously impair President Tinubu’s moral and legal suitability to remain in charge of this prestigious regional organization, in addition to harming ECOWAS’s reputation.