JUST IN: Niger Republic President Emerges ECOWAS Chairman

Republic of Niger President , Mahamadou Issoufou (L) and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R)

The Republic of Niger President, Mahamadou Issoufou on Saturday emerged the new chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government.

 This decision was arrived at after a closed door meeting held at the 55th session of the ECOWAS Summit of Heads of States and Government at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

President Mahamadou Issoufou has been the leader of the Francophone Niger Republic since 2011 and takes over from the immediate past chairman, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.