President Muhammadu Buhari hails ECOWAS over war on terrorism


President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the renewed vigour by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) member countries to mobilise their own resources to combat terrorism.

He gave the commendation at the weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the opening of High-Level meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council on the State of Peace and Security in Africa at the 33rd AU Summit.

According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari called for new strategies by the Union to effectively prevent, manage and resolve conflicts in the face of new circumstances and emerging challenges.

He also announced that Nigeria has fulfilled its financial obligations to the AU Peace Fund up to 2019, pledging to continue investing in peace and security on the continent.

President Buhari declared that Nigeria is proud to continue to serve as a strong contributor to the peace roles played by the ECOWAS region.

On security challenges on the continent, Buhari said it was regrettable that terrorism, violent extremism and other forms of vicious conflicts had continued to cause mayhem and untold crisis on the continent.