Quarterly Highlights: - 2nd Quarter of 2013 (April - June)

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Diverse issues ranging from terrorism, violent conflicts, demonstrations to suspected arsons and fire outbreaks threatened human security in West Africa in the second quarter of the year.

Nigeria:In the quarter under review, the “Boko-Haram,” insurgency in Nigeria continued to claim enormous lives and properties estimated at millions of naira. The group which is said to have links with other Islamic militants in Niger, Mali and the Sahel region recently engaged in bloody confrontation with members of the Joint Task Force leading to 185 deaths and loss of properties. The onslaught on innocent citizens continued with the killing of 90 security agents in Nasarawa state by the Ombatse cult group. As the insecurity situation in the country continues unabated, President Goodluck Jonathan was compelled to declare a State of Emergency in three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe respectively. Added to this is the perennial communal and ethno-religious conflict particularly between Herdsmen and farmers and between Christians and Muslims in most parts of the Northern states.

Ghana: The outcome of the on-going election petition hearing at Ghana’s Supreme Court over the declaration of John Mahama as President is a source of concern. WANEP and other CSO have been working to ensure that the outcome of the court proceeding is accepted by the parties involved and the rule of law allowed to reign. Anything contrary could undermine the democratic gains and the highly revered electoral process. Worrisome in Ghana is also the persistent fire outbreaks at residential buildings, markets and business premises which many perceive to be acts of arsonists with political party leanings.

Guinea: The postponement of Guinea Legislative elections earlier slated for May 2013 to June 30 by President Alpha Conde triggered several demonstrations and withdrawal of the opposition from the election process over alleged irregularities. Although Guinea experienced fragile peace in May with the UN initiated peace talks under the auspices of Said Djinnit, the UN-Secretary General representative for West Africa, however, the Guinean situation is further exacerbated by the piracy in the Gulf of Guinea which has grave impact on economic development and regional integration.......


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