President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, urged ECOWAS leaders not to allow terrorist groups to destabilize the region.
This was contained in a statement to Naija news on Saturday by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Advertising.
It was said that Buhari had said this in his speech at the Extraordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government against Terrorism.
He said: “Our region has made commendable progress in the realization of its regional integration and we must not allow terrorist groups to destabilize our Community and undermine our people’s aspirations for a safe and prosperous environment.
“Therefore, it is our collective responsibility not to yield but to win the fight against terrorism and end the scourge of our region.”
President Buhari, who joined other ECOWAS leaders for the one-day Special Summit, which was also attended by leaders from Chad and Mauritania, denounced that terrorism, today, has become a major threat to security in all the world.
He warned that the activities of terrorist groups constitute a serious danger to peace and security in West Africa, the Sahel in general and the world community.
“The frequency of attacks, determination and resistance of terrorist groups, as well as the ease with which they raise funds and acquire sophisticated weapons, are issues of great concern that should attract our attention as a community.
Equally worrying is the continued spread of the threat of terrorism in the region and the growing link between terrorism and organized crime.
“That’s why we should not give in our efforts until we defeat the monster completely. “And the best way to achieve this goal is through coordinated regional actions and responses against terrorism, insurgency, banditry and inter-community disputes, while implementing policies and measures that address its root causes, including restoration and protection of livelihoods, “he said.
In sharing Nigeria’s experience in the fight against the scourge, the President said at the summit:
As the main victim of the terrorist activities of Boko Haram, Nigeria has stood firm in efforts to combat and eradicate them in all their forms and manifestations.
“Our anti-terrorism strategy, which includes prevention, prosecution and reconstruction, also fully complies with the Yamoussoukro anti-terrorism strategy adopted by ECOWAS member states.
“In combating terrorism and addressing the resulting humanitarian crisis, through regional and international collaboration, ECOWAS as a Regional Economic Cooperation would need, in partnership with the African Union, to boost international support and solidarity to combat and overcome this threat in our region. ”
The Nigerian leader also took the opportunity to inform regional leaders about the situation in the Lake Chad basin and the operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
He described the situation in the Lake Chad basin, historically a bastion of rich culture and civilization, an area rich in natural resources that provides livelihoods for tens of millions of people, as tragic.
He noted that the area has become a home for terrorist and extremist groups whose primary intention was the unbridled destruction of lives of innocent citizens and property, as well as public infrastructure.
At MNJTF, the President reported that the achievements recorded so far in operations remain an exemplary model of regional collaboration.
The MNJTF has largely degraded the terrorist group Boko Haram. This could not have been achieved without the recognition of the affected countries of the Lake Chad Basin and the Republic of Benin of the need to take advantage of our efforts and resources to face our common enemy that has now substantially weakened.
“While much remains to be done, I encourage the MNJTF to remain firm in its mission, and I urge the political leadership of the LCBC countries to continue preserving our solidarity and commitment to achieve lasting peace and sustainable development in these areas. .
In this regard, it is imperative that we continually strive to provide the necessary resources and tools to the MNJTF, the G5 Sahel Joint Force, the Accra Initiative and similar initiatives, to lead the war on terrorism, violent extremism and cross-border crimes. throughout the region.