The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has revealed that Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram are exploiting the high level of poverty in North-East Nigeria, to recruit new members.

The Ghanaian president said this on Monday, September 21, while on a working visit to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in Abuja.

He expressed his worry that poverty has become a tool that the terrorist groups exploited to their advantage. He revealed the plan of action adopted by ECOWAS in its fight against terrorism.

He said, “This is most worrying, because surrogates of Al-Qaeda in the Sahel and Boko Haram militants operating around the Lake Chad Basin, the two most active terrorist groups in West Africa, are exploiting the unacceptable levels of poverty in these areas, in the recruitment and indoctrination of youth.”

The Ghanaian President added, “You will recall that, on 12th September 2019, ECOWAS organized, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, an Extraordinary Summit on Eradication of Terrorism in ECOWAS. Following the summit, a 2020 to 2024 Plan of Action was adopted by the 56th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government in December 2019, in Abuja. To this end, one billion dollars (US$1 billion) was programmed for the financing of activities in the Action Plan. We have to intensify our efforts to ensure that the Plan of Action is well-financed, with a view to ridding our community of terrorism.”  

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