President Buhari calls for implementation of counter-extremism strategies

Ben Adam Shemang

President Muhammadu Buhari says that for peace to reign in the world, the global community must develop and implement comprehensive and coordinated counter-extremism strategies at sub-regional, regional and continental levels.

Speaking at the opening of bilateral talks between Nigeria and Kenya in Nairobi, President Buhari warned that radicalisation and violent extremism were increasingly taking root across Africa and must be tackled head-on and with brand new strategies.

“The threat posed to national, regional and global peace and security by terrorists has taken an alarming dimension in recent times. In Nigeria, Boko Haram has caused havoc, especially in the North-eastern part of the country – killing, maiming, destroying livelihoods and displacing hapless citizens, majority of who are women and children,” the Nigerian leader revealed.

President Buhari went further to look at the cases of terrorism globally, “In Kenya, you also face terrorist challenges. Similarly, Iraq and Syria, are facing their own brand of terrorism which has thrown the entire Middle East into turmoil. Terrorism does not respect religion, creed, race or national boundaries. No country is safe from the menace”.

Security experts feel that the entire global community must work in a concerted manner, particularly in areas of sharing intelligence and pooling resources and finance to confront the scourge. And this is why president Buhari proffers a solution thus” Our armed forces and security services should also be adequately supported and well-motivated to fight terrorism Win the war on terror therefore, we must respond to this phenomenon by developing new and versatile strategies.

Together with our allies, Nigeria and Kenya can successfully tackle these challenges that have traumatized and brought untold suffering to our people our communities must be helped to build resilience against violent extremism. The extremist narrative and ideology by radical elements and militants in our societies must be tackled through a counter-narrative that emphasizes education, moderation and tolerance.

For our efforts to achieve desired results, communities, religious leaders, civil society and educational institutions must be fully involved,” President Buhari said.

Later, at the Nigeria–Kenya Business Forum, President Buhari expressed confidence that the Nigeria-Kenya Business Council and the Kenya-Nigeria Agribusiness Forum will serve as platforms for the promotion of intra African trade.

President Uhuru Kenyatta thanked President Buhari for honouring Kenya with the visit.