Terror-prone Africa maintains solidarity with Brussels
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attacks that left 30 people dead and more than 230 injured in the capital Brussels.
Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, denounced the attacks on the Zaventem Airport and Maalbeek Metro Station.
Buhari is leader of a country which is arguably worst affected by terrorism. The ISIS-aligned Boko Haram is perpetrating the attacks which have killed about 30 000 and displaced more than 2 million.
He described the attacks as “atrocious.”
“President Buhari believes that the appalling attack on Brussels reinforces the need for greater international cooperation to effectively
confront and destroy global terrorism and its perpetrators,” his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said.
Buhari assured the global community that under his leadership, Nigeria would continue to work with other countries of the world to ensure that terrorism never triumphs over free, peaceful and law-abiding nations and people of the world.
Somalian President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, bemoaned the attacks and subsequent loss of lives.
“We join the world in condemning the brutal attacks of civilians in Brussels. We grieve with those who have lost loved ones. We pray for the families affected. Our thoughts are with the Belgium government as it seeks to provide support to its people,” said Mohamud.
He added that terrorism is a global threat, requiring collective responsibility, adding that Somalia – as it is a country hit by terror
acts – continued to work closely with the international community to eradicate extremist groups.
President James Michel of Seychelles remarked it was with a sense of shock and deep sadness he learnt of the deadly explosions which occurred in Brussels.
“We strongly condemn these cowardly acts of terror and we remain convinced that justice will prevail and the perpetrators will be apprehended and answer for the crimes,” said Michel.
African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson , Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, deplored the attacks as despicable.
“The Chairperson of the Commission reaffirms the AU’s strong rejection of all acts of terrorism and violent extremism by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes,” her spokesperson said.
She reiterated the AU’s commitment to continue working with Belgium, and the other members of the European Union, and the international community at large, in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
“In this regard, she stresses the need for enhanced international cooperation within the framework of the relevant AU and international counter-terrorism instruments” her spokesperson said.
– CAJ News
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