*ECOWAS leaders to meet on Ebola 1st week of November
President of Ghana, John Mahama, has offered his country’s support to Nigeria’s fight against the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
Addressing State House correspondents after closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday, he said that key bilateral issues concerning the two countries were discussed.
He urged Nigerians to fully support Jonathan’s administration in its effort to stamp out the terrorists.
Stressing that Nigeria is a strategic country in West Africa and its destabilisation would adversely affect the entire region, the Ghanaian Preseident, who is the current chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said that anyone who means well for West African region must join hands with Nigeria to ensure the menace of insurgency and terrorism is contained.
He said: “We also discuss the issues of security and we are optimistically hopeful that Nigeria will continue to be able to deal with the issue of Boko Haram. We believe that the people should stand in solidarity with the a government, you must be one in dealing with this threat to your national survival.”
“And for us in West Africa, we believe that the destabilization of Nigeria is destabilization of the whole of the West African subregion. It is not only because of the size of Nigeria, but it is the largest economy in the whole of the subregion and indeed the whole of Africa. We will continue to express solidarity with Nigeria in your fight against this insurgency.”
He also commended Jonathan and Nigerians for successfully checking the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country and for assisting less successful West African countries in tackling the deadly disease.
According to him, a meeting of ECOWAS heads of state will be convened by the first week of November to discuss concerted efforts at checking further spread of Ebola which has already killed over 4,000 persons in the region in the past four months