Nigeria, Liberia vow to end terrorism in West Africa

Ben Adam Shemang, Abuja

Nigeria and Liberia have promised to work together using ECOWAS as a platform to fight boko haram and terrorism in West Africa.

President Muhammadu  Buhari of Nigeria and his Liberian Counterpart, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated this at a joint news conference in Abuja.

They maintained that any attack on any West African nation must be treated as an attack on all the nations. “What affects any of our countries in the region affects all of us. So it is in our own interest to discuss and see how we can support individual countries”, the Nigerian leader said

Looking beyond West Africa, the Nigerian leader also cast his vision far and wide “on the continental basis, how do we stop the gross sub-regional terrorists from infiltrating and attacking? The Lake Chad Basin Commission comprising Cameroun, Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Benin have to work with the Economic Community of Central African states and support ECOWAS to make sure that we stop the spread of terrorism. The effects of which the last two planting seasons were much. The people of the affected areas did not farm which led to less harvest and so virtually, there is starvation.”

The Liberian President expressed he happiness to the fact that the Nigerian military helped her country a great deal

The Liberian leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who is in Nigeria for a one day visit said it was time for all Nations in the region to assist Nigeria in view of the tremendous sacrifices Nigeria has played especially in her country, Liberia. “The thing I’m proud of is the new army in Liberia. We started the army from scratch . The army was composed of people from different warring factions and so with the support of America with the support of Nigeria, we started the army. Today we have a professional army, a small one that is making the nation proud and we are proud that Nigeria led the training and the leadership of that army  because the Chief of Staff was a Nigeria.”

On why she visited the country, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf explained that “ I came to renew strong bond of friendship between our two countries, to talk about Joint Commission that has been formulated and how to make it a more effective instrument for improving trade, investment and international  relations to continue to see Nigeria and Liberia as strong friends”