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Published On: Tue, May 20th, 2014

ECOWAS set to tackle Boko Haram

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ECOWASBy Ikechukwu Okaforadi

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has resolved to invoke necessary sections of its laws including military might to fight the Boko Haram insurgents ravaging parts of the sub region especially northern Nigeria.

A statement issued yesterday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President, Paul Mumeh, said the Ghanaian President, John Mahama announced this when he declared open the 2014 First Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja Nigeria today.

Mahama, who spoke through the Vice President of Ghana, Kwesi Amissah Arthur, said ECOWAS condemned in strong terms the activities of Boko Haram and promised that the Sub-regional body will do everything possible to fight the insurgents.

The Ghanaian leader said, “We condemn in the strongest of terms, the continuous killing of innocent Nigerians in parts of the North. We shall invoke relevant sections of our laws to fight this crime. The recent abduction of over 200 school girls in Chibok is reprehensible and so disheartening. No decent society will accept this”.

Mahama urged ECOWAS Parliament to cooperate and support the governments of the sub region in the fight against insurgency.

In his speech, the Senate President of Nigeria, David Mark who represented President Goodluck Jonathan, told the gathering that the Boko Haram activities have negatively affected the economic and socio-political life of Nigerians.

According to Mark, “Terrorism and insurgency are alien to our culture. We must therefore stand united against it in all its ramifications. We will continue to seek regional and international collaboration in the fight against these crimes which by their nature are transnational”.

The Senate President therefore called for understanding to ensure that the West African sub region renowned for her unity, cooperation, brotherly love and peaceful coexistence continues to maintain and improve on this.

Mark said that recent events have shown that there is a crescendo of regional security challenges that requires us to fortify our democratic institutions in order to be able to confront and overcome these issues.

Vice President of ECOWAS Commission, Toga Gayewa Mcintosh, in his remarks, said peace and security is imperative as the bed rock for development and integration in Africa.

Also speaking, the Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, who doubles as the Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, promised that the Legislature would lay the necessary frame work for the governments of the sub- region to tackle the menace of Boko Haram and insurgency.

 

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