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Saraki Tasks ECOWAS Parliament On War Against Terrorism

Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, to join hands with Nigeria and the International Community in the ongoing war to wipe out terrorism from the region.

Saraki who stated this in his goodwill message at the inaugural session of the 4th Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, said unless the region acts in unison to eliminate the scourge of terrorism, it would be difficult to restore full security to the area.

Saraki who commended past efforts of the parliament aimed at enhancing the socio-economic development of member nations, said: “Our sub-region has in recent times fallen victim to terror and the activities of organized crime. The region has lost much in social and economic terms.

“Unless we act together, the objective of eliminating terrorism from our soil will be harder to achieve. The ECOWAS Parliament provides us a unique platform to advance this objective.

“Therefore, it has a major role to play in addressing the menace of terrorism both as a coordinator of regional effort and an initiator of the right legal framework that can lead to a cohesive regional effort.

“I urge the ECOWAS Parliament to join hands with us in Nigeria and the international community to ensure that we eliminate terrorism from the region,” he said.

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