Nigeria withdrawn from the MOWCA due to electoral irregularities


Nigeria has resigned from the Maritime Organization for West and Central Africa (MOWCA) due to a violation of the organization’s rules of procedure regarding the eligibility of candidates proposed for the position of secretary general.

This was said by the Federal Republic of Nigeria delegation during the 8th Bureau of Ministers and 15th General Assembly of MOWCA, which took place in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

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“It is sad, and most depress­ing given Nigeria’s ardent and consistent support for MOWCA and its activities, that Nigeria as a nation must take a stand against the promotion of illegality, disrespect for the rule of law, and contravention of the Rules for the elec­tion of th
Guinea and the Republic of Benin presented candidates for the job of secretary general of over-aged candidates, prompting Nigeria to keep a close eye on the situation.

“Nigeria draws the attention of the General Assembly to MOWCA’s comment, as presented by the MOWCA secretariat in the annotated Agenda circulated this week to the Committee of Experts meeting, which confirmed that Nigeria is the only country that meets the age eligibility criteria requirement that candidates must not exceed 55 years.”

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