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ECOWAS in solidarity with terror-stricken Nigeria

04 June 2014, 13:09Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has commiserated with Nigeria following a recent spate of deadly terror attacks.

President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, sympathised with the Government and People of Nigeria over the “unnecessary loss of lives and property due to the barbaric attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram.”

Khadi Saccoh, the Commissioner for Finance, represented him at the three-day National Stakeholders Consultative Forum on illicit arms and light weapons taking place at the headquarters in Abuja.

“The ECOWAS Commission identifies with the Federal Republic at this difficult moment and wishes to condemn in the strongest terms, the abduction of the Chibok Girls,” the representative said.

The onslaught by the Boko Haram sect has left thousands dead and property worth millions lost.

The abduction of the girls in Chibok has received international condemnation.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan, who also was absent from the National Stakeholders Consultative Forum, pledged the country’s commitment
to the implementation of the   UN’s Arm Trade Treaty (ATT) of April 2013.

Abba Moro, the Minister of Interior, who represented Jonathan, disclosed this in a keynote address.

He blamed the illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons on the
12 major conflicts in Africa between 2000 and 2009 to the failure to mop up weapons during the subsequent Demobilisation, Disarmament and Rehabilitation exercises.

– CAJ News

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