AU, SA urged to rein in on Boko Haramby TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH Africa’s official has condemned the cold-blooded slaughter of civilians, reportedly up to 2 000, in the Baga local municipality of Nigeria by the Boko Haram terrorists.
Democratic Alliance Shadow Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Sandy Kaylan, said the party’s hearts went out to the Nigerian people suffering under the enormous burden of this tragedy.
“As the world witnesses increasing extremist activity, millions of people risk having life and liberty threatened. The violence and brutal deaths we see in the world today diminish us all and can never be the justified in the name of religion,” said Kaylan of the attacks blamed on the militant Islamic group.
In April 2014 the same group was responsible for the capture and kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in the Chibok region. Last month, Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds more in the Gumburi region.
Kaylan called on the South African government and the African Union to curb the threats of terror.
“The South African Government and the African Union need to demonstrate leadership in halting the rise of extremism on the continent, as seen in the escalation of Boko Haram’s attacks.”
– CAJ News
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