Africa comes together to fight terrorism

by Elayne Wangalwa 0

During a one day Africa Union Peace and Security Council Summit on terrorism, the presidents of Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda, the prime ministers of Namibia and Algeria and other top government officials from various countries, all echoed the importance of working together to combat terrorism.

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“We need to coordinate our efforts both at national and regional but also at the continental level to strengthen our response to the serious challenge and threats to our continent security. Terrorism is a challenge to every state and to all humanity and cannot be justified to an ideological political or religious grounds and it is essential for us to strengthen our cooperation because no single state can tackle this threat alone,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

The summit which was convened in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, to enable African leaders to plan a joint strategy on combating terrorism saw heads of state and top government officials address the scourge of terrorism, amid fears of a growing a radical threat in the continent.

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan stated that the summit was a great step to fight the growing menace that is affecting countries.

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“There is the need for enhanced cooperation and collaboration among our member states and between the continent and the rest of the international community. Indeed the problem we are confronting is global in nature. Terrorists and organised crime syndicates operate in networks that can only be defeated through concerted action and cooperation. The AU and its previous instruments and mechanisms provide the framework within which we should combine our efforts and put together our scarce resources,” Jonathan said.

AU Deputy Chairperson, Erastus Mwencha called on member states to share intelligence and reign in on porous borders.

“What we need is to focus on how, now is not the elaboration of further legal instrument and mechanisms but the effective implementation of the existing ones. This requires renewed political commitment, more specifically we would like to call on member states that have not yet done so to actually take the steps required to become parties of the relevant international instruments such steps should go hand in hand with renewed efforts to fully implement the provision contained therein,” Mwencha said.