Nigeria’s President and Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, Muhammadu Buhari has decried recurring incidents of inter-communal clashes, herders-farmers conflicts, banditry and terrorists attacks ravaging the sub-region.
These incidents, Buhari stated, have consequences on the peaceful co-existence among communities and peoples, as well as their livelihoods.
In his remarks at the opening of the body’s 55th Ordinary session at the banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday, Buhari noted that the unrests undermined efforts in achieving full regional integration. He regretted that despite the overall progress made, particularly in the field of political governance, the sub-region has continued to face considerable security challenges.
He, therefore, stressed the need for the leaders to act collectively to end the menace in the interest of stability and people’s wellbeing.
Sympathising with families of victims of terrorist attacks, banditry and inter-communal clashes, perpetrated by those he described as misguided elements in the society, President Buhari urged the leaders not to relent in the collective efforts to protect peace-loving people and their properties, while vigorously sustaining the war against terrorism and criminality.
He said: “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 perpetrators of violence that we are resolute in our collective determination to confront and defeat them…”