The 3rd Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ibrahima Memounatou, on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, appealed to the Community to “pray for peace and harmony in the region and beyond.
She launched this call at the opening of the delocalised meeting of the Community Institution in Praia (Cape Verde) on the theme: “Religious Tolerance and Harmony: Essential Factors for Development, Peace and of Stability in the ECOWAS Region”.
Ibrahima Memounatou, on behalf of the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Sidie Mohamed Tunis, noted the relevance of this initiative to dedicate this delocalised meeting to initiate reflection on one of the issues of our century, religious tolerance and harmony as pledges of development, peace and stability in the Community space.
For her, the meeting in Praia on this theme is “proof of our desire to promote a culture of dialogue and consultation to deepen democracy and resolve the many issues that challenge us all”.
In the face of the resurgence and persistence of conflicts all over the world with the attendant unfortunate consequences, “we cannot resign ourselves to the pain and suffering of entire people held hostage by misery and exploitation” bemoaned the 3rd Deputy Speaker.
“Peace requires a persistent, patient, strong, intelligent dialogue through which nothing is lost. Dialogue can defeat war”, she concluded.