Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari saturday in Addis Ababa called for resolute and coordinated initiatives aimed at developing an African Union database of persons or groups and entities involved in terrorist acts for use by law enforcement agents.
Making the call in his remarks at the African Union (AU) Peace and Security meeting at the ongoing AU summit, Buhari said, “Nigeria believes that the timely establishment of this tool at the continental level will be strategic in this fight.”
He noted the UN Resolution 1373 which stipulates that “any person who participates in the financing, planning, preparation or perpetration of terrorist acts should be brought to justice.”
Buhari, according to a statement by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, also said good governance, economic development and job creation were key factors in defeating terrorism.
He said military force and law enforcement alone cannot defeat terrorism.
“Terrorism cannot be defeated only through military force and law enforcement measures. We need to adopt a multifaceted approach of good governance, economic development and creation of job opportunities for our youth,” the President said.
Speaking on the theme: “Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Combat the Transnational Threat to Terrorism”, the president emphasised the need to curb the flow of terrorism financing.
“The need to curb the flow of terrorism financing cannot be over-emphasised. Concerted efforts must be made to not only dismantle the network between transnational organised crimes and terrorist organisations, but also to block the payment of ransom to terrorist groups,” he said.
According to the statement, Buhari said Nigeria remained committed to supporting counter terrorism efforts within the African Union and the United Nations.
While expressing Nigeria’s grave concern over the increasing threats posed by transnational terrorism and the attendant humanitarian crisis, he also condemned in the strongest terms the continued activities of terrorist groups in Africa, and around the world.
He called for more concerted action by the African body and the international community to address the global scourge.
The President however noted that the conditions that were conducive to the spread of extremism, radicalisation and terrorism must first be addressed. Similarly, he said collaborative measures must be taken to disrupt the recruitment of terrorists, their financing networks and the movement of foreign fighters.
Buhari told the gathering that Nigeria had enacted domestic anti-terrorism laws that also deal with related issues such as kidnapping, drug peddling and gun-running.
Linking terrorist activities to climate change, the President reiterated Nigeria’s “important call for global action to support the recharging of the Lake Chad Basin,” which has shrunk by over 80 per cent and has impacted negatively on the livelihood of millions of people in the countries of the Basin.
According to him, “There is considerable evidence that the environmental state of the Lake contributed to the radicalisation of jobless youth who joined Boko Haram.”
In their submissions, the Chairperson of the AU Peace and Security Council, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, the African Union Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, agreed on the real threat of transnational terrorism, and the need for global efforts to curb the negative trend. he Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) has disbursed a total of N152.974 billion to 23 power generation companies (Gencos) within the first seven months of 2017, THISDAY can report. This disbursemenlants, as well as Egbin, Transcorp