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Terrorism in Nigeria discussed at AU Summit

30 May 2013, 11:05Savious Kwinika

Johannesburg - The ongoing problems posed by Boko Haram was discussed at the African Union (AU) Summit where the continent marked its 50th anniversary, officials told CAJ News.

While it became apparent that the Boko Haram issue was an internal matter, the AU raised serious concerns about the increase in terrorist activities on the continent, insisting that the Au should set up a capacity for Rapid Response Deployment to deal with insecurity matters.

Responding to questions from CAJ News, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Dr Aisha Laraba Abdullahi, said the AU Summit called for such a team.

 “Due to the importance attached to curbing insecurity, insurgence and organised crime in Africa, the just concluded AU Summit has declared the intention to set up a capacity for Rapid Response Deployment,” Abddullahi said.

Speaking at a meeting held on the sidelines of the 21st AU Summit in Ethiopia, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru admitted that the West African nation’s image was tarnished by the terrorism acts.

“We have entered a decisive phase in our struggle against the terrorist group (Boko Haram) that has already done so much damage to the Nigerian population,'' Ashiru said.

The Boko Haram dissidents have to date killed more than 3000 people with thousands others displaced from their respective homes as the state security, including both military and police, heightened their fight to restore peace, order and stability in Africa’s most populous nation.

The dissidents have strong presence in the northern states of Nigeria, where they are fighting to instil the Sharia law as well as forcing the entire nation to abide the Muslim religious beliefs.

- CAJ News



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