EYEAFRICA TV: New York, USA: Special Representative of the Secretary-General of West Africa and the Sahel said despite the laudable progress in democratic consolidation, security situation in West Africa and the Sahel region remain a cause for concern.
Briefing the Security Council on the security situation in the two regions,
Mohamed Ibn Chambas also said that terrorism and violent extremism have exacerbated traditional threats.
“These factors, combined with climate change, youth bulge and unemployment and unchecked urbanization constitute veritable push factors underpinning the surge in irregular migration and human trafficking.”
On the Sahel, Chambas warned that “persistent instability in Mali is spilling over to Burkina Faso and Niger, with deadly attacks along the border.”
On the security situation in the Lake Chad Basin, Special Representative Chambas said the recent attacks in Maiduguri and the Diffa region demonstrates that Boko Haram continues to pose a serious threat in the area. “The mode and sophistication of these attacks have raised suspicions that the Boko Haram militants might have acquired reinforcements.”
Chambas, who is also head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWAS) said his office “will continue to work closely with all stakeholders and development partners of the region to help consolidate peace and stability in West Africa and the Sahel.”
Mr Chambas appealed to partners to maintain their engagement, including through financial support, to continue saving lives and promote sustainable solutions.