President Muhammadu Buhari has called on West African countries to team up to fight common security enemies in the region.
According to a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the President made the call on Friday when he received the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe, in Katsina.
Buhari emphasized that terrorism now transcends international boundaries, and no country can combat the scourge alone.
“We need to team up to fight common enemies. Terrorists in whatever form are enemies of humanity and no effort must be spared to protect our people. I will always support anything that is meant to enhance security in our region,” he said.
President Gnassingbe, on the other hand, said issues of insecurity are not peculiar to Nigeria alone but are common to a number of countries, including his country.
“It is not a religious or ethnic problem and must not be misconceived as such. We will discuss the matter, and try to find a solution,” President Gnassingbe said.
He also condoled President Buhari on the fire disaster caused by a fallen petrol tanker in Lagos on Thursday.
Furthermore, he thanked his host for his help in calming the political situation in Togo, adding that he was happy to be in Katsina, the homestead of President Buhari.
He also briefed President Buhari on Mali elections, billed for next month, saying ECOWAS would ensure that everything went smoothly.
A security summit between members of ECOWAS and countries in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) is billed to hold on July 30, 2018.