President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Heads of States and Governments in the West African sub-region to collectively combat insecurity.
The Nigerian President, who is the current Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, made the call at the 55th Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Saturday.
He stated that all ECOWAS members need to collaborate in order to confront similar crimes ravaging countries in the sub-region such as insurgency, kidnapping, banditry and other forms of cross-border crimes.
He noted that the failure to holistically deal with the security crisis may hamper the sub-region’s economic development.
President Buhari said: “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.
“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.”
Offering his condolences to families of victims of terrorist attacks, banditry and inter-communal clashes, President Buhari said there is the need for ECOWAS leaders to adopt a common strategy at national and regional levels in order to combat persons whom he described as “misguided elements in our societies.”