The Head of the Regional Cooperation, European Union Delegation to
Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS),
Stefania Marrone stated that terrorism remain major threat to peace
and security in the country. She lamented that the menace which is
prevalent in the North-east region of Nigeria and the Sahel has
continued to impact negatively on progress made in the area of
democracy in the country.
This statement came as troops of 301 Artillery Regiment (General
Support), Nigerian Army, yesterday arrested two suspected Boko Haram’s
fuel suppliers in Nafada, Gombe State.
Marrone who was speaking at the opening of a three-day workshop,
organized by the ECOWAS Commission for journalists drawn from the
15-member states of the ECOWAS. A workshop aimed at enhancing the
visibility of ECOWAS peace and security interventions in the member
She stated that, “While there has been, in recent times, satisfactory
progress in democracy in West Africa, peace and security in West
Africa continues to be confronted with very serious threats including
radicalization leading to terrorism, instability and insurgency in the
Sahel as well as here in Nigeria with the menace of Boko Haram.
Marrone disclosed that the EU’s 27m euros peace, security and
stability project was aimed at supporting ECOWAS by enabling it to
execute its conflict prevention and resolution mandate in a
sustainable and proactive manner.
Also speaking, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace
and Security, Gen. Francis Behanzin, stressed the role of the media in
promoting peace and security agenda of the commission.