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ECOWAS adopt Communiqu on peace, security

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ECOWAS leaders in a chat
ECOWAS leaders in a chat

( 18, 2014)-The Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of African States (ECOWAS) have adopted a Final Communiqué, highlighting major issues affecting the Sub-Region.

The Communiqué, among other sub-regional challenges, focused on issues ranging from peace, security, political situations to the Ebola Virus prevalence in West Africa.

The Heads of State and Government adopted the Communiqué Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, at the end of the 46th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS.

A dispatch quotes the sub-regional body Leaders as saying: “We reaffirmed our determination to combating all security threats, especially terrorism, maritime piracy, and all forms of illicit trafficking and organized trans-border crimes.”

According to the dispatch, the ECOWAS Authority also underscored the continuing indiscriminate terrorist attacks on peaceful Nigerians by the Boko Haram Group in that West African state.

“We are saddened over the deaths of several Nigerians as a result of the recent Boko Haram attacks in the north of the country.”

They expressed their condolences to the Nigerian Government, especially the families of the victims.

The ECOWAS Leaders also appealed to the International Community to support neighboring Niger to address the effects of the influx of refugees resulting from the Boko Haram attacks in the region.

The ECOWAS 46th Ordinary Session was graced by its current Chairman and Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama.

It was also graced by Presidents Good Luck Jonathan, Thomas Boni Yayi, Michel Kafando and Alassane Quattara of Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso and La Cote d’Ivoire, respectively.

Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, was represented at the ECOWAS Summit in Abuja by Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan.


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