Terrorists are taking advantage of the poverty in West Africa –ECOWAS Chair

The sitting Chair of the ECOWAS Authority and President of Ghana and Chairperson of the ECOWAS , Nana Akufo-Addo, says the operations of Al-Qaeda and the Boko Haram sects are of serious concern.

In his recent statement, he made it clear that such operations of the insurgents were made possible by the growing poverty situation in West Africa. He also added that the indoctrination of young people in the region is also made easier due to the deep and massive poverty situation in the region.

He made this statement while on a visit to the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja on Monday. President Akufo-Addo, on September 7th 2020 was elected as the position of ECOWAS Authority chairperson during the 57th Summit of the regional organization that took place in Niamey, Niger Republic. In view of the current security situation of the region, he therefore, called for a strong regional approach to contain the growing threats of terrorist and extremist activities.

Other things the Chairperson of the ECOWAS expressed worry about were the issue of rising number of breakaway insurgent groups, religious and ethnic intolerance and very many unguarded and manned borders all around the region.

He also talked about the special intervention of the ECOWAS that had allocated $1 billion for the fight against terror in the region which was agred based on the 2020 to 2024 Plan of Action agreed on during the 56th ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government in December 2019.

Leader of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr Jean Claude-Brou, pointed that the visit by Akufo-Addo’s will help to share his vision for the regional body.

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