Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo called on members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to work together to combat terrorism in West Africa on Sunday.
Akufo-Addo, who is also the regional bloc’s chairman, made the plea during his opening remarks at the 61st Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government in Accra, Ghana.
“Our area continues to be the target of indiscriminate and savage terrorist acts, resulting in the slaughter of many innocent lives and a worsening of the humanitarian situation in the targeted countries,” Akufo-Addo stated.
According to him, terrorist strikes in West Africa are no longer limited to the Sahel but are also spreading to the subregion’s coastline republics.
He urged the subregion to continue implementing the regional anti-terrorism action plan and to coordinate other related actions in order to combat the threat of terror and insecurity in West Africa. He stated that the threats could only be eliminated via collaborative efforts and a united front in combating terrorism, encouraging the subregional bloc to be willing to go the extra mile to ensure the community’s and member nations’ stability.
“This will strengthen our collective reaction to this destabilizing menace, and our resolve must be stronger than ever.” “Our resolve to keep our region and its member states stable must be unwavering,” Akufo-Addo continued.
The one-day summit, attended by ECOWAS heads of state and government, primarily focused on regional and global developments.
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