President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament to join hands with Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.

A statement by Sanni Onogu, Chief Press Secretary to Sen. Saraki, said the Senator charged the parliament to engage all countries in the region in the bid to wipe out terrorism.

The President of the Senate who was speaking at the inaugural session of the 4th Legislature of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, said that terrorism could only be surmounted in unity.

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He commended past efforts of the parliament aimed at enhancing the socio-economic development of member nations.

“Our sub-region has in recent times fallen victim to terror and the activities of organized crime. The region has lost much in social and economic terms.

“Unless we act together, the objective of eliminating terrorism from our soil will be harder to achieve. The ECOWAS Parliament provides us a unique platform to advance this objective.

“Therefore, it has a major role to play in addressing the menace of terrorism both as a coordinator of regional effort and an initiator of the right legal framework that can lead to a cohesive regional effort.

“I urge the ECOWAS Parliament to join hands with us in Nigeria and the international community to ensure that we eliminate terrorism from the region.”

He however told the ECOWAS Parliamentarians that the Nigerian National Assembly was ready to work with the parliament to achieve its objective.

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