Terrorism in Africa is driven by Financiers – NSA

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The National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu says terrorism in Africa is driven by foreign terrorist financing, organized crime, poverty, inequality, prolonged conflicts, among others.

He stated this during the African High-level Meeting on Counter-Terrorism which was held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

According to the NSA, Nigeria is dealing decisively with all drivers of violent extremism, including economic and social enablers, while enhancing intelligence gathering through enhanced inter-agency collaboration and confidence building with citizens.

“Nigeria is strengthening its judiciary to effectively deal with cases of terrorism and has earmarked a fund to boost counter-terrorism efforts.

“We have resumed the prosecution of Boko Haram suspects across the country,” stated the National Security Adviser.

In her remarks, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed suggested that one of the ways to counter terrorism in the continent, is for Africans to rebuild its social contract with its citizens and deliver good governance.

“Rebuilding the social contract is necessary for recovery. We must pay attention to women and girls who are greatly impacted by terrorism, including the youth. Providing support and healing for those impacted by terrorism is important,” stated the UN Deputy Secretary-General.

The Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), Mr. Vladimir Voronkov commended Nigeria for its leadership in counter-terrorism in Africa and for hosting the meeting.

He noted that terrorism threatens peace and security, particularly in Africa where its impact is mostly felt adding that the success of United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism in Africa hinges on its support for Africa-led programmes and solutions.

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