Identify Sponsors Of Boko Haram, Jonathan Challenges African, European Leaders
President Goodluck Jonathan has challenged leaders of African and European Countries to identify sponsors of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the country.
He was speaking the 4th European Union- African Union Summit ongoing in Brussels, Belgium when he gave a speech as the Chairman African Union Peace and Security Council.
The president said African leaders must work with their European partners to collectively unearth the sponsors and supporters of terror groups who are determined to destabilize Africa, President Goodluck Jonathan has said.
In apparent reference to the Boko Haram terrorist group, Mr. Jonathan said although the weapons of choice of these terror groups are the Small Arms and Light Weapons, they have also acquired rocket propelled grenades and surface-to-air missiles.,
“Where do they get these sophisticated weapons? The total value of what these terrorists possess as individuals, in terms of what they wear, where they live, cannot buy an assault rifle. We all have the collective responsibility to un-earth their sponsors and supporters who are determined to destabilise Africa. We should hold them responsible and accountable for their actions” he said.
Speaking further, Mr. Jonathan said the summit is taking place against the backdrop of significant peace and security challenges facing not only Africa but Europe and the rest of the world.
He noted that considering their linkages, “tackling the issue of peace and security calls for a holistic and integrated approach, as peace and development are two sides of the same coin”.
Mr. Jonathan also said in the face of the new threats and challenges facing Africa, the peace and security architecture needs to be strengthened and an African Standby Force needs to be fully operationalised.
“We need to give stronger impetus to capacity – building and logistical support to boost Africa’s capability and preparedness to take pre-emptive steps to contain conflict situations, quell violence, and deal with the scourges of terrorism.
“There is need for renewed efforts to address the challenges at hand, in the context of our Partnership. The modest successes recorded in tackling the peace and security challenges confronting us notwithstanding, the fact remains that we may continue to fall short of the target of ridding Africa of conflicts if the nexus that exists between peace and development is not fully explored and developed.
“Our approaches must therefore be integrated while simultaneously addressing the socio-political factors that push countries to conflict, with their attendant humanitarian and socio-economic consequences” he said.
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