ECOWAS-CDP Ghana Media Network Lambasts Burkina Terror Killings

The Ghana Chapter of the ECOWAS Community Development Programme (ECOWAS-CDP) media network has condemned the massive killing of over 20 people in the recent terrorist attack that occurred at the Splendid Hotel and the Cappuccino café at Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.

The network described the attack on innocent citizens, staff and guests as barbaric vis-à-vis the destruction at the hotel and the nearby café.

A statement, jointly issued by the Chairman of the sub-regional network, Francis Asamoah Tuffour and the Chairperson, Mrs. Hannah Awadzi, described the attack as a worry to the peaceful and co-existence of people.

The statement added that the havoc and atrocities that terrorists and insurgent groups are causing to innocent people and countries is a major threat to human lives.

“The sophisticated nature at which crime is committed globally in recent times, calls for total collaboration by individuals, groups and stakeholders to deal with the situation,” the statement noted.

According to the statement, terrorism, atrocities and other heinous crimes, have taken center stage in the world; an affront and worse form of human rights violation.

It says that these security threats require that we all join forces with the security agencies to stem the act before the situation gets out of hand.

The situation, the statement noted demands vigilance on the part of all, and report or arrest anybody whose mannerism(s), action or activity creates suspicious or poses threat to individuals, communities or member states.

The network also caution shadow parties and interest groups who could best be described as ‘spoilers’ to refrain from influencing or aiding the perpetrators either with weapons, money or grenade for their selfish interests to the detriment of innocent lives.

It added that apart from putting fear in the lives of people, the act closes door to tourists and slows development in the affected communities and countries.

The network express its condolences to the relatives who lost their lives in the attack and in similar violence in parts of Mali, Nigeria among other state(s) and by extension, counties outside the sub-region, especially Cameroon while wishing the injured speedy recovery.

It therefore urged civil society and faith based organisations and other bodies to canvas against such acts while urging institutions, hotels, border posts and the security agencies to intensify their operations and if possible, fix security gadgets and conduct body check on people at public places.

The ECOWAS-CDP is an association of journalists aimed at creating awareness of activities of ECOWAS, the CDP and deepening regional integration among others.

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