Nigeria: 'New date soon for ECOWAS/ECCAS Summit on Boko Haram'

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A new date will soon be agreed for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Security Summit on Boko Haram, as part of a broader war against terrorism, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

The summit, earlier scheduled to hold in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 8 April, 2015, was postponed because of  the general elections in Nigeria on 28 March and 11 April, 2015.

At a meeting here Thursday, President Buhari assured ECOWAS Commission President Kadre Ouedraogo that Nigeria would hold further consultations with other stakeholders to agree on a new date for the summit.

According to a presidency statement made available to PANA here, President Buhari welcomed efforts to strengthen and expand cooperation between ECOWAS and ECCAS on the war against terrorism, and restated his view that greater regional and international cooperation was needed to ensure victory over terrorism in Nigeria and other countries.

The President also assured Mr. Ouedraogo that Nigeria would continue to fulfill its financial obligations to ECOWAS to enhance the regional body's ability to attain its objective of regional integration and development.

He commended the ECOWAS Commission and other ECOWAS institutions for the progress made on the Biometric Identity Card system, which will come into force in 2016, saying its introduction would be a major milestone to full regional integration and the free movement of ECOWAS citizens within the sub-region.
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25 juin 2015 17:18:26

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