ECOWAS Heads of State and Government will meet in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Saturday to review different initiatives taken so far, and redefine the priority intervention areas for the containment of the worrisome issue of terrorism.
The leaders are expected to adopt a priority action plan on counter-terrorism and put in place a mechanism to monitor the implementation of the measures adopted towards ensuring lasting peace in the sub-region.
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Saturday, leave Abuja for the event described as an Extraordinary Summit on Counter-Terrorism.
The decision which is informed by the growing spate of terrorism in the region, was reached at the 55th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Abuja on June 29, 2019.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari is said to recognise the imperative of collective actions in the fight against terrorism, and would continue to partner with ECOWAS member states and international organisations to address the menace.
President Buhari will be accompanied by Governors Abubakar Bello, Dapo Abiodun and Okezie Ikpeazu of Niger, Ogun and Abia states respectively.
Also in the team are the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (retd).
The National Security Adviser, Maj-General Babagana Monguno (retd) and Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar will also be on the trip.
The president is expected back in Abuja at the end of the Summit.