Feb 10, 2009, 3:45 AM
Eleven African Heads of States were in attendance comprising H.E. Alassane Ouatarra, president of Cote D’Ivoire; H.E. Jose Mario Vaz, president of Guinea Bissau; H.E. John Dramani Mahama, president of Ghana, amongst others.
President Buhari in his welcome address at the opening session stated that in spite of significant achievements of the ECOWAS in the promotion of democracy via peaceful government transitions, insecurity in the form of arms, drug trafficking and terrorism militates against integration and political stability in the region.