President Goodluck Jonathan has made it clear that some of the security problems now faced by Nigeria and other African countries are transnational in scope and cannot be solved by any country acting alone.
Jonathan, in Washington DC today, called for more effective global action and implementation of all existing international protocols against terrorism and violent extremism.
Presenting the Nigeria’s statement at the US-African Leaders Summit that was concluded today, President Jonathan demanded a more effective international sanctions regime against countries, organizations and individuals that sponsor terrorism in any part of the world.
The President said that because terrorism, piracy and transnational organised crimes have become global in scope, greater regional and international collaboration is needed to combat them.
“Several African countries, including Nigeria, are now challenged by terrorism and violent extremism. For several countries in the continent, terrorism has become a real threat to social progress, peace and security.
“The violent and criminal activities of Boko Haram in my country have captured the world’s attention. This has been especially so since the terrorist group abducted some girls from their school dormitory in the North-Eastern Nigeria in April.
“Nigeria may be the epicentre of Boko Haram terrorist activities at the moment, but its affiliation with international terrorist networks, dramatically increases its capacity and reach beyond Nigeria’s borders.
“Nigeria is doing everything possible to combat Boko Haram and violent extremism. While we continue to enhance our intelligence and military capacities, we are, at the same time, working on political and socio-economic solutions. We are also building partnerships, both at the regional and international levels, to combat the threat posed by terrorism in our sub-region.
“In this enterprise, we are pleased to acknowledge the supportive role of the United States. The assistance that we continue to receive from the United States and our other international partners is proof indeed that partnership can multiply our strengths in addressing common challenges.
“We call for an effective international sanctions regime that would hold accountable any country, institutions and individual that finances terrorism in any part of the world. This inaugural Africa-US Summit must also call for effective action and implementation of all existing international protocols on this critical issue.
“Because terrorism, piracy and transnational organised crimes are global in scope, greater regional and international collaboration is required to combat them. We must act in concert.”
The President had conveyed the same message at a bilateral meeting with Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, saying that Nigeria, the United States and the global community must work with greater synergy and unity of purpose to overcome Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.
At the meeting which took place in the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing of the White House, Vice President Biden described Nigeria as an “extremely important” ally of the United States.
He reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to working with Nigeria to overcome the Boko Haram insurgency, adding that his country was also willing to give Nigeria any assistance it may require to contain the more recent threat of Ebola.
President Jonathan and Vice President Biden also discussed further joint cooperation to boost trade and investments, agricultural development and access to electricity in Nigeria. [myad]