Nigerian President Suggests Ways of Eliminating Terrorism at AU Summit in Addis Ababa

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  • January 28, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, addressed the African Union Peace and Security Council Summit and suggested ways of eliminating terrorism from the continent.

The theme of the summit was Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Combat the Transnational Threats of Terrorism. Buhari who said Nigeria was gravely concerned over the increasing threats by transnational terrorism and its attendant humanitarian crisis, called for more concerted action by the council and the rest of the international community to address the scourge.

He noted that terrorism cannot be defeated only through military force and law enforcement measures, saying a multifaceted approach of good governance, economic development and creation of job opportunities for our youths must be adopted.

The President said in order to combat the threats posed by transnational terrorism, African leaders must first of all address the conditions conducive to the spread of extremism, radicalization and terrorism in its communities.

He said collaborative measures must be taken to disrupt terrorists’ recruitment and financing networks while effective ways must be found to stop the movement of foreign fighters.

Nigeria he said was encouraged by the sustained multidimensional fight against the Boko Haram and their foreign supporters which led to the degrading of that group, through the multinational joint task force.

Buhari extolled the efforts of the Lake Chad Basin countries and Benin, the African Union, and the international community in achieving that feat. He however, acknowledged that in spite of the achievements so far recorded, there were still some pockets of terrorist activities within the Lake Chad Basin region, particularly north-eastern part of Nigeria.

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