Jonathan urges world lead­ers to un­mask ter­ror­ists’ spon­sors

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan has said world lead­ers have the re­spon­si­bil­ity of un­mask­ing those spon­sor­ing ter­ror groups.

He said this in Brussels, the Bel­gian cap­i­tal, yes­ter­day at the com­mence­ment of the fourth Euro­pean Union-Africa Sum­mit.

The sum­mit brought heads of state and govern­ment of the EU and Africa to­gether.

Jonathan won­dered where ter­ror­ists got their so­phis­ti­cated weapons from, say­ing no ef­fort should be spared in hold­ing their spon­sors re­spon­si­ble for their ac­tions.

He said those spon­sor­ing ter­ror­ists were de­ter­mined to desta­bilise Africa, say­ing that a ter­ror at­tack on one coun­try was an at­tack on ev­ery­one.

“The weapons of choice of these ter­ror groups are the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). Of re­cent, they’ve ac­quired the rapid pro­pelled grenades and even sur­face-to-air mis­siles. Where do they get these so­phis­ti­cated weapons? The to­tal value of what these ter­ror­ists pos­sess as in­di­vid­u­als, in terms of what they wear and where they live can­not buy an as­sault ri­fle,” he said.

“We all have the col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity to un­earth their spon­sors and sup­port­ers who are de­ter­mined to desta­bilise Africa. We should hold them re­spon­si­ble and ac­count­able for their ac­tions,” the pres­i­dent said.

Ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent, the is­sue of peace and se­cu­rity needs a holis­tic and in­te­grated ap­proach be­cause peace and de­vel­op­ment are two sides of a coin.

He re­called that the re­cent se­cu­rity sum­mit held to mark Nigeria’s cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions had re­solved that all na­tions strengthen ex­ist­ing mech­a­nisms for na­tional and in­ter­na­tional con­flict man­age­ment and cre­ate new av­enues for co-oper­a­tion among peo­ples and na­tions.

He added that since year 2000, the African Union had shown sus­tained de­sire for the de­vel­op­ment of col­lec­tive se­cu­rity ar­range­ment among mem­ber states and re­gional eco­nomic com­mu­ni­ties.

He noted that mem­ber states had es­tab­lished a se­cu­rity man­age­ment sys­tem and the cod­i­fi­ca­tion of stan­dards within Africa’s peace and se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture which, he said, in­cluded the Peace and Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, a con­ti­nen­tal early warn­ing sys­tem and the Panel of the Wise and the African Standby Force.

“Notwith­stand­ing these ini­tia­tives, new and emerg­ing threats that ne­ces­si­tate con­certed and holis­tic fo­cus have emerged. These in­clude po­lit­i­cal con­flicts that threaten hard-won peace and democ­ra­cies, and worse still, the phe­nom­e­non of piracy and ter­ror­ism.

“In the face of these new threats and chal­lenges, the peace and se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture needs to be strength­ened and the African Standby Force needs to be fully op­er­a­tionalised”, he said.

Jonathan urged re­newed ef­forts to­wards ad­dress­ing the cur­rent chal­lenges and warned that the tar­get of rid­ding the con­ti­nent of con­flicts might fail if the nexus be­tween peace and de­vel­op­ment was not fully ex­plored and de­vel­oped.

PHOTO STATE HOUSE From left: For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Am­bas­sador Aminu Wali; Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan; Trade and In­vest­ment Min­is­ter, Oluse­gun Aganga; and other govern­ment of­fi­cials at a meet­ing with Bul­gar­ian Pres­i­dent, Rosen Assenov Plevneliev (right), dur­ing a bi­lat­eral meet­ing on the open­ing cer­e­mony of EU-Africa Sum­mit in Brussels, Bel­gium yes­ter­day.

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