By Ismaila Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari informed the African Union Peace and Security Council to curb the stream of terrorism financing.
Buhari emphasised the hazard of terrorism financing on the assembly of the African Union Peace and Security Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday.
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a press release issued in Abuja, mentioned Buhari spoke on “Towards a Comprehensive Approach to Combat the Transnational Threat to Terrorism”.
The President maintained that “concerted efforts should be made to not solely dismantle the community between transnational organised crimes and terrorist organisations, but additionally to dam the fee of ransom to terrorist teams.
While recalling the UN Resolution 1373 which harassed that “any person who participates in the financing, planning, preparation or perpetration of terrorist acts should be brought to justice”, he mentioned Nigeria remained dedicated to supporting counter terrorism efforts inside the African Union and the United Nations.
The Nigerian chief known as for resolute and coordinated initiatives by growing an AU information base of individuals or teams and entities concerned in terrorist acts to be used by regulation enforcement brokers.
“”Nigeria believes that the well timed institution of this instrument on the continental degree shall be strategic on this struggle,’’ he added.
President Buhari expressed Nigeria’s grave concern over the rising threats posed by transnational terrorism and the attendant humanitarian disaster.
He additionally condemned within the strongest phrases the continued actions of the terrorist teams in Africa, and all over the world and known as for extra concerted motion by the African physique and the worldwide neighborhood to handle the worldwide scourge.
According to him, in doing that, the situations which can be conducive to the unfold of extremism, radicalisation and terrorism should first be addressed.
He added that collaborative measures should be taken to disrupt the recruitment of terrorists, their financing networks and the motion of international fighters.
President Buhari disclosed that Nigeria had enacted home anti-terrorism legal guidelines that additionally cope with associated points resembling kidnapping, drug peddling and gun-running.
He, nonetheless, famous that, “terrorism can’t be defeated solely by means of army drive and regulation enforcement measures.
“”We have to undertake a multifaceted strategy of fine governance, financial growth and creation of job alternatives for our youth.”
Linking terrorist actions to local weather change, the President reiterated Nigeria’s “important call for global action to support the recharging of the Lake Chad Basin,” which had shrunk by over 80 per cent.
He famous that this had impacted negatively on the livelihood of thousands and thousands of individuals within the nations of the Basin.
“”There is appreciable proof that the environmental state of the Lake contributed to the radicalisation of jobless youth who joined Boko Haram,’’ he additional said.
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 actual menace of transnational terrorism.
They subsequently harassed the necessity for international efforts to curb the unfavourable pattern. (NAN)