The ECOWAS Community Development Programme (ECOWAS-CDP) media network has condemned the killing of over 20 people in a terrorist attack at the Splendid Hotel and the Cappuccino cafe at Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso last Friday.
The network described the attack on the innocent citizens, staff and guests as barbaric and uncalled for.
A statement, jointly issued by the Chairman of the sub-regional network, Francis Asamoah Tuffour and Chairperson of the Ghana Chapter, Mrs. Hannah Awadzi, termed as worrying, the havoc and atrocities that terrorists and insurgent groups are causing to innocent people and countries.
The statement said the sophisticated nature by which crime is committed globally in recent times, calls for total collaboration by individuals, groups and stakeholders to deal with.
“Terrorism, atrocities and other heinous crimes, have taken the center stage in the world; an affront to human rights and this requires that we all join forces with the security agencies to stem the act before it gets out of hand”, the statement said.
The situation, the statement noted, demands vigilance on the part of all to report or help arrest suspicious characters.
The network also cautioned shadow parties and interest groups who could best be described as ‘spoilers’ to refrain from influencing or aiding the
perpetrators with weapons and money for their selfish
interests to the detriment of innocent lives killed, maimed or force(d) out of their homes, villages or countries without thinking of the repercussions.
Apart from putting fear into the lives of people, the act slows development in the affected communities and countries.
The network expressed its condolences to the relatives of those who lost their lives in the Burkina Faso attack, and those affected in the Mali, Nigeria and Cameroon attacks and wished the injured speedy recovery.
It urged civil society and faith based organisations and other
stakeholders to canvas against such acts while entreating institutions, hotels, border posts and the security agencies to intensify their operations.