Mahammadou Issoufou, the Chairman of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has called on the member states to take decisive steps in tackling terrorism in their countries.
Issoufou, who is also President of Niger Republic, made the appeal during the 56th Ordinary meeting of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of States and Government in Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Nigeria.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, Mahammadou Issoufou said; the West-African sub-region had been hard hit by terrorist attacks, which had intensified and had threatened many National and regional achievements and developments already made by member countries.
The conception of a common region of peace, security and economic integration is without the slightest doubt the key to the future of our region.
The Current regional and global developments in security, constrains me to dwell on the security situation of our region.
Our region has been hard hit by terrorist attacks every passing day, threatening the national and regional achievements we have made.
We therefore hope that the timely execution of the recommendations of our extraordinary summit on terrorism held on 14th September, 2019 in Ouagadougou will permit us to collectively meet these challenges, which materialize to be an attack by faithless criminals on our dignity and autonomy.
All these terrorist attacks frequently test our commitment to fighting the scourge.
Mahammadou Issoufou finally said that; it is therefore incumbent upon us to respond to all these attacks with firmness and determination.