President Muhammadu Buhari, says timely information sharing amongst contiguous African States is vital to successful early warning and response to terror threats around the continent.
Buhari stated this during a High-Level side event on Early Warning Within the Framework of the African Union Peace and Security Council and the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa, at the ongoing 36th AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Buhari’s comments followed armed conflict and terror activities that have lingered in the North and sub-Saharan Africa in the past two decades.
He also revealed that Nigeria had fully embraced the spirit of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement having signed, ratified and deposited the instrument at the African Union Commission.
The President, who was represented by the National Security Adviser, retired Major General Babagana Monguno, warned that when member states denied credible early warning signals of impending crisis, they miss opportunities to address conflict situations before they escalate.