Terrorism does not respect religion, creed, race — Buhari

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

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Femi Adesina; the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja.

The statement said Buhari made the remark in Nairobi, Kenya at the opening of bilateral talks between Nigeria and Kenya.

He warned that radicalisation and violent extremism were increasingly taking root across Africa and must be tackled head-on with new strategies.

He said: “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.

“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.

“This is why 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.

“Our armed forces and security services should also be adequately supported and well-motivated to fight terrorism.’’

The president noted that terrorists were continually changing tactics, building alliances, merging and getting more sophisticated in an attempt to build their capacity to inflict pain and misery on societies.

“To 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,’’ he said.

Buhari stressed need to tackle and defeat terrorism as there could be no development and prosperity in an atmosphere of insecurity and instability.

He said that communities must be helped to build resilience against violent extremism.

He said that extremist narrative and ideology by radical elements and militants in the societies must be tackled through a counter-narrative that emphasises education, moderation and tolerance.

“For our efforts to achieve desired results, communities, religious leaders, civil society and educational institutions must be fully involved,’’ he added.

The statement said that, at the Nigeria–Kenya Business Forum, Buhari expressed confidence that the Nigeria-Kenya Business Council and the Kenya-Nigeria Agribusiness Forum would serve as platforms for the promotion of intra African trade.

The statement quoted President Uhuru Kenyatta as thanking Buhari for honouring Kenya with the visit.

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