- Stefania Marrone, head of regional cooperation, European Union delegation to ECOWAS said there has been satisfactory progress in democracy in West Africa
- Marrone said Boko Haram insurgency remained a major threat to peace and security in the northeast of Nigeria
- The federal government and the Nigerian Army, however, at various times said the group has been degraded and does not occupy any territory in the country
The European Union on Monday, June 25, identified acts of terrorism, particularly in Nigeria, as one of the major threats to peace and security in West Africa.
Stefania Marrone, head of regional cooperation, European Union delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), said this in Abuja at the opening of a three-day workshop organised for journalists by the ECOWAS commission.
Marrone also said acts of terrorism were hindering efforts towards enhancing democracy in various countries across West Africa.
She said while there has been satisfactory progress in democracy in West Africa, peace and security in the region “continues to be confronted with very serious threats including radicalisation leading to terrorism, instability and insurgency in the Sahel as well as here in Nigeria with the menace of Boko Haram.”
The Boko Haram insurgency has persisted in the north-east for about 10 years, leading to the loss of many lives and displacement of millions.
The federal government and the Nigerian Army have at various times said the group has been degraded and does not occupy any territory in the country.
But a report by Reuters in May claimed the Islamic State in West African (ISWA), a faction that split out of the Boko Haram sect, is in control of some territories in the northeast.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that some Boko Haram terrorists surrendered to the Nigerian Army claiming they were misguided into joining the group and asked for forgiveness from members of the community.
In a statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman who is the spokesperson of the army, he revealed that they were apprehended on Saturday, July 22, in Yobe state.
Group releases scary predictions about Nigeria Among them was a 13-year-old boy and they revealed that there were many more terrorists who were willing to surrender due to the hardship they were facing.
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