ABUJA: THE Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, have agreed to partner on initiatives for sustainable regional peace and security.
This would be achieved through the involvement of religious and traditional rulers in peace processes. The agreement has been reached during a courtesy visit to Supreme head of Muslim faithful in Nigeria in his Sokoto Palace by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo.
He solicited the Sultan’s support to ECOWAS’ tireless peace and security efforts and the fight against insurgency in northern Nigeria.
Ouédraogo also informed him of the commission’s plan to convene later this year, a regional meeting involving religious and traditional leaders as part of efforts to engender citizen participation and ownership of the ECOWAS development and integration process.
This is consistent with the objectives of Vision 2020 for an “ECOWAS of the People.” The Sultan assured the Ouédraogo of his full support and commitment to peace and security as a prerequisite for economic development in the region.
He urged ECOWAS to review its Conflict Prevention Framework to involve religious and traditional rulers, and also to intensify measures at curbing the proliferation of small arms in the region.
Ouédraogo paid tribute to the Sultan for his continued support to the preservation of the rich tradition and history of the Sokoto Caliphate, which he said were of great importance not only to Nigeria but the entire region.
SOURCE: CAJ News Agency