The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki has canvased collective effort and united front by African countries to achieve desired outcome in the fight against terrorism.
Stressing that collaborative efforts are essential to the campaign, Saraki urged African countries to be supportive of one another by sharing ideas and mechanisms for overcoming the hydra headed challenges plaguing the continent.
The President of the Senate spoke Thursday while delivering an address at the executive committee session of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) conference held at the ECOWAS secretariat, Abuja.
“It is clear that, in order to achieve desired outcomes in the fight against terrorism and pursue growth and development, we must adopt both regional and Africa-wide strategies”, Saraki said.
He observed that the economies of many African countries are not growing above the ballpark rate of three percent despite the exponential growth in populations on the continent.
Stating that a huge population of youths on the continent look up to their governments to secure their future, Saraki charged the legislatures tackle the many hindrances to development and wellbeing of African peoples.
He called for cooperation and collaboration between the executive and the legislature in the interest of the people through purposeful legislation.
Saraki said, “On the cardinal points of corruption, good governance and terrorism, we as legislators should see to it that we provide the required support to the Executive, especially by way of strong and purposeful legislation.
“Ours is a key role, and we see the Executive coming together with us to review the laws as may be necessary, to meet new realities”.