President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called for cooperation with the American Government to quell the Jihadists causing instability in the West African region.
According to him, the cooperation is necessary because the security agencies need intelligence on the activities of the terrorists to help track them down.
He said: “Many of those leading the Jihadist insurrections in West Africa are the people who came from Iraq after they were driven out from Iraq, so I think if there’s information here that can assist us to be able to track down and be able to deal with these people.”
Nana Akufo-Addo, who is also Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and is responsible for ensuring peace within the bloc, added that the security force and intelligence agencies within the region need back up so that “they can be in stronger positions” to deal with the Jihadists.
He made the observation when the Vice President of the US, Kamala Harris, invited him to the White House on September 23, 2021 in a bid to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the respective countries.
Meanwhile, Defence Ministers from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger are planning more joint military operations in respect of the activities of the militants.
They have in effect targeted the farming and livestock herding communities within the border regions of Burkina, Niger and Mali–where the militant activities are intense.