EU, ECOWAS express concern over increasing terrorists attacks

The European Union and Economic Community of West African States have expressed concern about the increase in attacks by terrorist groups in the country.

This, they said posed a great challenge to the 2019 elections.

The two organisations made the observation in a communique issued at the end of 22nd ECOWAS-EU political meeting in Abuja on Friday.

The meeting was at the ministerial level of EU-ECOWAS.

It was co-chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Mustapha Suleiman, and Secretary of State of Finance, Republic of Austria, Hebert Fuchs as Chair of Council of EU.

Sulaiman represented the Chair of ECOWAS Council of Minister while Fuchs spoke on behalf of High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The communique read in part, “The participants exchanged views on the security and humanitarian situation in north-east Nigeria.

“Both sides commended the progress made in the fight against Boko Haram but noted with concern the recent increase in attacks by terrorist groups.”

“Referring to its support provided to the Multinational Joint Task Force, the EU expressed its commitment to support the countries of the Lake Chad Basin in addressing the multiple remaining challenges in this region through a comprehensive approach,” it stated.

The participants according to the communique, noted the challenging general security environment ahead of the February 2019 elections in Nigeria.

The challenge, it noted was occasioned by Boko Haram activities in the northeast, the farmers-herders conflict in the Middle Belt regions, among others.

They highlighted the importance of addressing among others, the root causes of conflict and the basic needs of the population related to the strengthening of resilience humanitarian access to the affected areas.
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