- Buhari lauds ECOWAS for cooperation on democracy.
- Condoles with the families of the victims of insecurity.
Presidential Muhammadu Buhari he commended the efforts of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government towards the promotion of good governance, peace, stability and socio-economic development in the sub-region.
Buhari gave the commendation on Saturday in Abuja when he declared open the 55th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government with a call on the countries in the subregion to work together to end terrorism, herdsmen-farmers clashes and banditry.
Buhari who is the Chairman of the Authority said they must remain focused on their collective endeavour to make the sub-region an area of peace and security.
The president who noted that this was an essential prerequisite if the community was to attain the primary objective of the organization said he observed that despite the overall appreciable progress ECOWAS had made, particularly in the field of political governance, the sub-region continued to face considerable security challenges.
“We are all witnesses to the recurring incidents of inter-communal clashes, herders-farmers conflicts, banditry and terrorist attacks in all our countries.
“These threats, you will agree with me, have consequences on the peaceful co-existence between our communities and peoples as well as their livelihoods.
“This unrest also undermines all our efforts in achieving full regional integration. It is, therefore, necessary that we act collectively to end this menace in the interest of regional stability and wellbeing of our people,” he said.
While condoling with the families of the victims, President Buhari said despite banditry and inter-communal clashes perpetrated by some misguided elements in the societies, ECOWAS won’t in its efforts to protecting lives and properties, while vigorously sustaining the war against terrorism and criminality.
“Taking into account the transnational nature of the threats confronting us, the need for the adoption of a common strategy at the national and regional level to combat them has become imperative. By so doing, we will reinforce our actions and resources for a more effective response to protect our citizens and secure our common space.
“While I acknowledge that several initiatives and measures have been taken in our respective countries recent developments have shown that we must cooperate more effectively to achieve our goals.
“We should send a strong and unified message to the perpetrators of violence that we are resolute in our collective determination to confront and defeat them.”