West and North Africa
Ghana pledges to partner Nigeria in fighting terrorism
Alhaji Abdulai Abukari, Consul General of Ghana High Commission in Lagos, on Sunday expressed Ghana’s readiness to partner with Nigeria to fight terrorism.
Abukari told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Ghana’s support had become imperative toward a successful war against terror.
He said Nigeria also needed the support and cooperation of governments of member-states in the sub-region in fighting terrorists.
The envoy said that his country would work closely with the INTERPOL and other international security agencies at the borders in tracking down “gunrunners” and those engaging in cross-border crimes.
“Presently as we all know, Nigeria, our brother country, is faced with the challenges of Boko Haram insurgents.
“There are reported cases of arrest being made at our borders of persons and groups moving arms from one country to another.
“Things like this will often exacerbate insecurity, terrorism and other cross-border crimes in the sub-region.
“Ghana is, therefore, looking at the possibility of collaborating with Nigeria through sharing of intelligence information on the movement of arms across the region,’’ Abukari said.
Abukari said that such partnership between both countries would not only reduce terrorism and insecurity in Nigeria, but in other West Africa countries.
The consul general said that his government had realised that no country could fight insecurity and terrorism alone.
He added:“We strongly believe that our planned partnership with Nigeria in this regard will reduce activities of Boko Haram in Nigeria, insecurity and other cross-border crimes in the region.
“We all need to close ranks in promoting peace and security among West African countries as well as along the Gulf of Guinea.
“We all should be able to provide useful information to the relevant security agencies in tracking activities of terrorists and other cross-border crimes.’’ (NAN)