President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday admitted that West Africa is constantly under the threat of dreaded groups such as Boko Haram, AQIM and Al-Qaida.
Buhari made the confession in his welcome address at the 52nd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States held in Abuja.
This deviates from his earlier claims that Boko Haram has been defeated.
Mr. Buhari called on regional leaders to take urgent action to tackle terrorism and “the saddening news of human trafficking being carried out by trans-border syndicates.”
He said, “In West Africa, we live in constant threat of violent terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, AQIM and Al-Qaida.
“Nearly every week, we see and hear the horror of human trafficking perpetrated by trans-border syndicates, who lure our youths to slavery through irregular migration.
“We see the consequences, on our young men and women and on our economies, of drug trafficking and capital flight.
“Accordingly, it is imperative that we take urgent action to address these challenges.”
On Nigerians stranded in Libya, the president said he has instructed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to speed up the evacuation of all Nigerians stranded in Libya and facilitate their resettlement.
Buhari however suggested that regional leaders should look into the possibility of putting in place a well run regional mechanism for the evacuation, resettlement and empowerment of stranded ECOWAS citizens abroad.