The scourge of terrorism will not end unless countries of the West Africa sub-region come together in a determined effort to end it.
This was the submission of the United Nations which today in Abuja called for a more concerted effort.
The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa, Mr. Said Djinnit, stated this during a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada, in her office.
Mr. Djinnit, who doubles as the chairman Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, said he was in Nigeria to see how the United Nations could work closely with the ECOWAS leaders of the West Africa sub-region to stabilise the region and create atmospheres of peace.
Djinnit, while restating the commitment of the organization to collaborate with Nigeria, said: “The threat of extremism or terrorism is affecting all our countries in West Africa and in Africa in general; so, there is need for a general effort. This should be a national effort, though Nigeria is putting its own effort but we need to mobilise the entire region to work together to address the root cause of the problem”.
He said cooperation is necessary to address the concern and challenge in a coordinated manner within the framework of the existing plan of action with the ECOWAS, African Union (AU) and the UN.