Issues of mutual and urgent concern in the West African region, especially the security situations in Mali and Nigeria, will top discussions, as leaders of the Economic Community Of West African States hold an extraordinary session on Friday in Accra, Ghana.
The one-day summit followed the latest clashes between rebel groups in Kidal, northern Mali and government forces which resulted in the loss of lives while thousands of people were displaced.
It is the first to be hosted by Ghana’s President, John Dramani Mahama, since his election in February 2014 as chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Community,
The regional leaders will also discuss the security situation in parts of northern Nigeria where the militant group, Boko Haram, has waged a terrorist campaign that has left many people dead, wanton destruction of property and kidnappings.
In one of the group’s latest attacks on Chibok a town in Borno State, over 200 girls were abducted from their dormitory in Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.
President Mahama will address the summit while the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo, will present memoranda on the security situations in the two member countries.
The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan and leaders of countries in western and northern borders held a meeting in France organised by French President Francois Hollande to seek ways of ending the increasing insecurity in the West African region.
At the meeting, the West African leaders agreed that “an attack on one is an attack on all”.
Such collaboration is expected to be discussed at the Ghana meeting to ensure that terrorism, which the Nigerian president said on Thursday was threatening Nigeria’s gains from democracy, would be brought to an end before it spreads to other countries in the region.