Jonathan seeks action against Boko Haram, others
To end the rampant killings of innocent people in the continent, President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday charged African leaders to take “action- oriented approach” against the activities of terrorists on the continent.
He gave the charge while speaking at the 455th African Union Peace and Security Council meeting at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Nairobi, Kenya.
Stressing that the AU has what it takes in terms of legal, political and normative instruments to deal with the rising sophistication of terrorists, he said the task ahead was to ensure the effective use of the instruments.
He regretted the increasing wave of violence perpetrated by Boko Haram, Al Shabbab and Lord Resistance Army (LRA) on the continent.
Jonathan, who read the speech of African Union Chairman, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, at the occasion, also called on African countries to fulfill earlier commitments with respect to legal measures, border control and exchange of intelligence.
He said: “While both member states and the Commission deserve to be commended for their commitment and efforts, nonetheless, much remains to be done. The atrocities that continue to be committed by the terrorist groups active in the Sahel- Saharan region, Boko Haram, the LRA, Al- Shabaab and other terrorist groups, bear testimony to the long road ahead of us.
“The first (solution) relates to the need for enhanced cooperation among 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 organized crime syndicates operate in networks that can only be defeated through concerted action and cooperation.
“The African Union and its various instruments and mechanisms provide the framework within which we should combine our efforts and pull together our scarce resources.
“The second point pertains to the need for action- oriented approach. We are now well equipped in terms of legal, political and normative instruments. The tasks ahead of us will be to ensure their effective implementation.
“The countries concerned should take the steps required to become parties to the relevant African and international instruments. We should as member states fulfill our commitments and obligations, particularly with respect to legal measures, border control, exchange of intelligence and other related measures.”
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