GHANA — President Nana Akufo-Addo has in his capacity as chair of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) community vowed that the regional body will help in the fight against terrorism and extremism.
The president was on a visit to Ougadougu, Burkina Faso to commiserate with President Roch Marc Christian Kabore following a recent attack that saw terrorists kill around 160 Burkinabe civilians.
“The fight against terrorism must be a collective one, and, as such, it is incumbent on ECOWAS to pull together and assist countries, such as Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali that are at the frontline of the battle against terrorism and violent extremism, to win the fight,” said Akufo-Addo
The Ghanaian president reiterated that terrorism must be defeated in terror-afflicted countries in West Africa in order for citizens to live in peace and freedom.
He further stressed that only the unity of West Africans can defeat terrorism while also calling for ECOWAS to be in the frontline in this fight.
The president also assured of Ghana’s determination and commitment to strengthen its ties with Burkina Faso in areas such as infrastructural development and agriculture among others.
The next ECOWAS Heads of State Summit will take place in June 19 in Accra. Top of the agenda will be a firm resolution by the member states to implement a comprehensive plan of action to combat terrorism effectively.
The Western Sahel countries face many challenges, including chronic insecurity, rising extremism, a lack of economic prospects, and poor access to education, employment and essential services such as water and electricity.
They include: Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad