Regional And International Cooperation Needed For Victory Over Terrorism, Says Buhari

Buhari AUPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reiterated his position that regional and international cooperation was needed to ensure victory over terrorism in Nigeria and other countries.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the President made this known during a meeting he had with President of the Economic Community of West African States Commission, Mr. Kadre Ouedraogo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The statement further quoted Mr. Buhari as welcoming efforts aimed at strengthening cooperation between ECOWAS and the Economic Community of Central African States on the war against terrorism.

President Buhari also assured Ouedraogo that Nigeria would hold further consultations with other stakeholders to agree on a new date for the ECOWAS-ECCAS security summit on Boko Haram, earlier scheduled to hold in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on April 8, 2015.

The summit was however, postponed because of the general elections in Nigeria on March 28 and April 11, 2015.

The statement added, “President Buhari also assured Mr. Ouedraogo that Nigeria will continue to fulfill its financial obligations to ECOWAS to enhance the regional body’s ability to attain its objective of regional integration and development.

“The President commended the ECOWAS Commission and other ECOWAS institutions for progress made on the Biometric Identity Card system, which will come into force in 2016, saying that its introduction will be a major milestone to full regional integration and the free movement of ECOWAS citizens within the sub-region”.

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