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AU Summit seeks ways of tackling Boko Haram

14 January 2015, 15:20

Johannesburg - The ongoing terror in Nigeria and Kenya will top the agenda during next week's African Union (AU) Summit,  Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said on Wednesday.

She posted on her account on social media the organisation would explore ways to deal with the threat of insurgency when bloc convenes at its Headquarters.

"Priority agenda item is #terrorism & taking decisive actions to deal with #BokoHaram, #AlShabaab, during AU Summit, 21-31 January, Addis Ababa," Dlamini-Zuma tweeted.

In another tweet from the AU, the orgnisation said the AUC Chairperson appealed to the larger international community to renew its unity and support to AU Member States in order to defeat the Boko Haram.

Boko Haram and Al Shabaab have unleashed a series of terror in Nigeria and Kenya respectively.

The plans to tackle the two militant groups comes at a time the issue has been discussed at the United Nations (UN),  while the international community called for tougher action.

Boko Haram is estimated to have killed more than 5 000 people in Nigeria, mainly women and children.

Also read: Boko Haram invade Borno town

Meanwhile, local political leaders voiced their opinion on the issue.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) spokesman, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, said the matter to weed out terrorism in Nigeria depended on whether the federal government wanted assistance.

"Question should be whether Nigeria wants help to fight #BokoHaram, if so an AU mission, not SA should be deployed. SA must avoid patronizing," Ndlozi in his tweet.

The Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Sandy Kalyan, urged the AU to render military support for Nigeria.

"#BokoHaram: AU should provide more support to Nigeria through arms supplies & increased presence of peacekeeping forces. DA calls on SA government to place the massacre of thousands of people by #BokoHaram on the agenda of the AU Summit," Kalyan said.

- CAJ News


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