THE HEADS OF STATE OF ECOWAS HAVE SPOKEN A NEW ERA OF POLITICAL LEADERSHIP IN WEST AFRICA HAS DAWNED

Only two countries in West Africa have a system without a two term
limit, that is, Gambia and Togo. This is why they prevented West
Africa from leading the wave to put an end to the monarchicalpresidency by making term limit as principle of democratic governance.
History is therefore leaving Gambia and Togo behind. Two symbolic
realities were featured at the ECOWAS Summit. First and foremost,
outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan represented Nigeria, even though
he lost an election, because of the fact that he has not handed over
power yet as dictated by the Nigerian Constitution. Hence, there is no
basis of animosity between the incoming and outgoing president. Both
are taught that they do not own power but are mere public trustees who
are to serve on the basis of the consent of the people.
The second reality is the election of President Macky Sall as Chairman
of ECOWAS to complement his decision to reduce the Presidential term
and adhere to the two term limit. This confirms that the era of the
long term Presidency is coming to an end.
Leaders who are bent on staying in office for their life time face the
risk of being left behind by history.