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We Live In Very Trying Times – Mark

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Following numerous acts of terrorism carried out by the Boko Haram terrorist group, the president of the Senate, Senator David Mark has observed that the West African sub-region is going through a very trying time, saying ‘’there has been a crescendo of regional security challenges that requires reinforcement to confront and overcome.’’

Mark, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan at the official opening of the 2014 First Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Parliament yesterday in Abuja, said ‘’Nigeria has recently been victimised by the scourge of terror which portends a clear and present danger to the sub-region and poses a great challenge.’’

He said “terrorism is alien to our culture,’’ and urged that due to the multifaceted nature of the threat caused by the Boko Haram insurgency, the sub regional institution must lead in focusing international assistance towards proffering rational solution to overcome these challenges.

Ghanaian President John Mahama who was represented by the vice president, Mr Kwesi Ammisah-Arthur condemned the insurgency, describing it as a regional threat.

He stressed that the ECOWAS Parliament had serious roles to play in ensuring regional stability, adding that any victimisation of Nigeria is a victimisation of the entire West African sub-region.

Also speaking, the speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, Senator Ike Ekweremadu commended the Paris Summit in France, aimed at tackling the Boko Haram insurgency.

The speaker, who also doubles as the deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, recalled that he had made two previous calls for such strategic inter-regional cooperation.

Describing terrorism as a transnational phenomenon, the speaker decried the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State as “the height of cowardice and depravity”.

He stressed that the Boko Haram had by “its mindless waste of human lives and property as well as the senseless abductions declared total war, not only on Nigeria, but also the West African sub-region and indeed humanity, irrespective of tribe, religion, and political persuasion”.

Senator Ekweremadu, while calling for a full implementation of the resolutions and strategies adopted at the Paris Summit, however, said he believed that “the summit in France should serve as prelude to an all-inclusive Inter-regional Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) and the ECOWAS to build greater cooperation, strategy, and capacity to fight their common enemies”.

Article Credit: Leadership

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