Jul 14, 2008, 7:07 AM
Convening a meeting of the intelligence chiefs was the idea of the chairman of the ECOWAS Authority, who asked for such a meeting to discuss the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria.
The meeting is expected to invoke the ECOWAS protocols on counter terrorism and adopt a strategic plan to assist Nigeria clamp down on Boko Haram, and rescue the over 200 school girls kidnapped by the group.
Also attending the meeting are the intelligence chiefs of Cameroun and Chad.
President Mahama announced plans for the meeting when he met Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja recently. Present at the meeting was the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo.
In a related development, the fifth meeting of the heads of intelligence and security services of the countries of the Sahelo-Saharan region concluded Tuesday in Ouagadougou, with the adoption of operational conclusions on measures to be taken in the coming months in the fight against the terrorist and criminal groups and the promotion of security in the region.
All this is happening in this very week, when Gambian legislators meeting in Banjul ratified two UN conventions – the 1999 UN convention against financing of terrorism, and the 2003 UN convention against corruption.
It is evidence that governments in the sub region are determined to fight terrorism on all fronts, and by all means possible
Terrorism has once again shown it is prepared deliberately to stop at nothing in creating human victims. An end must be put to this. As never before, it is vital to unite forces of the entire world community against terror.