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African governments need to work closer to end sponsorship of terrorism – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja said ending insurgency in Africa will require stronger collaboration and commitment from governments, financial institutions and security agencies in tracking the sponsorship of terrorist activities.

In a farewell audience at the State House with the High Commissioner of Kenya to Nigeria, Mr. Tom Amolo, President Buhari said terrorist attacks in Africa bear similar trademarks of intense planning, strong alliances and proper financial sponsorship, which must be thoroughly investigated and reversed.

‘‘Terrorist activities always have financial sponsorships and this can be seen in their acquisition of weapons, their movements and other logistics.

‘‘Here in Nigeria, we saw that Boko Haram had strong material resources and they had a close link to ISIL,’’ he said.

The President also said African governments must make efforts to dissuade the younger generation from joining the ranks of terrorist groups, who explore youthful minds for suicide bombings.

‘‘We need a whole cultural orientation in order to succeed against terrorism,’’ he added.

In his remarks, the outgoing High Commissioner said he enjoyed his stay in Nigeria and still looked forward to returning to the country in the near future.


Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

April 5, 2016



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