Buhari urges concerted efforts against extremists
From AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has urged leaders to implement comprehensive and coordinated counter-extremism strategies in order to enhance peace.
He said these strategies must be implemented at sub-regional, regional and continental levels.
According to a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari stated this at the opening of bilateral talks between Nigeria and Kenya in Nairobi.
Adesina said the President warned that radicalisation and violent extremism were increasingly taking root across Africa and must be tackled head-on and with new strategies.
“The threat posed to national, regional and global peace and security by terrorists has taken an alarming dimension in recent times,” Buhari is quoted.
He pointed out that in Nigeria, Boko Haram has caused havoc, especially in the north-eastern part of the country.
“In Kenya, you also face terrorist challenges. Similarly, Iraq and Syria, are facing their own brand of terrorism which has thrown the entire Middle East into turmoil.”
Adesina added that Buhari said the global community must work in a concerted manner, particularly in areas of sharing intelligence and pooling resources and finance to confront the scourge.
“Our armed forces and security services should also be adequately supported and well-motivated to fight terrorism,” Buhari is quoted.
He said terrorists were continually changing tactics, building alliances, merging and generally getting more sophisticated.
“To win the war on terror therefore, we must respond to this phenomenon by developing new and versatile strategies.”
Buhari said together with allies, Nigeria and Kenya could successfully tackle security challenges.
– CAJ News
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