ACCRA, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has described as significant, the achievements being made owing to the collaboration amongst countries in West Africa and Africa in the fight against terrorism and armed groups.

African countries are co-operating in the fight against terrorism and achieving results, and this should spur us on in our collective drive towards an integrated and united Africa, he said when he delivered the key note address at the graduation of Course 25 participants of Nigeria’s National Defence College in Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday.

Akufo-Addo noted that the co-ordination of activities between the armies and the intelligence agencies countries such as Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin and Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram, and with the leaders of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso, also launching a multinational force to fight armed groups in the Sahel region, was essential to a successful battle against terrorism.

Making reference to the strides made by the European Union (EU), Akufo-Addo indicated that the Union was given the Nobel Peace Prize for its role in the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe, transforming most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace, and the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights.

He noted that it is a widely acknowledged fact that the EU has helped prevent war amongst its current members since the end of World War II in 1945.

History tells us that Britain, France, Germany and Italy had for centuries waged wars over religion, territory and power.

Thus, the creation of a free market, concealing economic and geographical borders, would erode the justification for using war as the quickest avenue to wealth and power, and lessen its appeal.

That was the vision that inspired the idea behind the European Economic Community, now the EU, in 1957.