(LINA) – House Speaker Alex Tyler has called on Liberians and stakeholders in the African and West African regions, including the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to take the fight against terrorism as an emergency.
Speaker Tyler said countries in Africa and the ECOEAS region should now begin to take practical approaches in tackling this menace because it threatens the economic, social and religious wellbeing of all.
He made the call Friday at the close of a special forum on “The Threat of Terrorism in the West African Region and the Need for Greater Collaboration Among West African Nations” organized by the Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute (FSI) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.
“Governments should now begin to work together to tackle terrorism; this is a practical problem that needs practical approaches and solutions, because the way we take it will determine how well we are going to confront and prevent it,” he added.
According to Speaker Tyler, terrorism is a warfare that requires citizens of every country in Africa and West Africa to serve as combatants to ensure that it is adequately prevented from the continent and the sub-region; adding “We should continue to talk about it; work not only as a country but also as a region, a continent and as a world to combat it.”
The forum brought together eight panelists, seven of which were members of diplomatic missions in Liberia and one Liberian to discuss the topic.
The panelists are Ambassador Abdoulaye Dore of Guinea; AmbassadorNBeng’ Yela Augustine Gang of Cameroun; Ambassador Kodjo Asimeng Wade of Ghana and Ambassador Brima Acha Kamara of Sierra Leone.
Others are Ambassador Dr. Feni Kouakou of Cote d’ Ivoire; Ambassador Tunde Ajisomo, Special Representative of ECOWAS to Liberia; Mr. Mohammed Tahir, Charge d’ Affairs of Nigeria and Mr. Edward Sharpe, Policy Adviser at the National Security Agency (NSA).