, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 2 – Lack of a collective approach in dealing with terrorism has increased the continent’s vulnerability, according to leaders who attended the African Union Peace and Security Summit in Nairobi on Tuesday.
Various leaders noted that lack of a clear criminal justice system which serves Africa, has seen only a few terrorists being prosecuted.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan who read a speech on behalf of the current African Union chairperson, said there is need for more cooperation and information sharing in the region.
“There is need for enhanced corporation and collaboration among our member states in the continent and the rest of the International community,” he stated.
“The problem we are confronting is global in nature. Terrorists operate in a network that can only be defeated through concerted action and cooperation.”
He said African leaders must work together in eliminating the threat which was widely termed as global.
“Member states should fulfil their commitment more than ever before,” he stated.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on his part said radicalisation of youths was a major hindrance to the gains made in fighting terrorism.
“Terrorism remains the major threat to regional and global peace and security. Terrorism organisations continue to grow by radicalising vulnerable youths to continue perpetuating their deadly cause.”
He noted that terrorists had adopted the use of the Internet and more so social media to recruit more members in their organisations.
“This is a challenge that requires a combined effort on the part of all of us, if we are to defeat it,” he affirmed.
“We therefore need to coordinate our efforts both at the national, regional but also at the continent level to strengthen our response to the serious challenge and threat to our security in the continent.”
He said Kenya will continue enhancing its relationship with neighbouring countries saying the rest should also follow suit.
Chadian President Idriss Deby who is the chairman of the AU Peace and Security Council called for a more united approach in the war against terror.
The summit comes as the country continues to embrace major security initiatives to counter attacks from the Al-Shabaab.
During the summit, a report released by the Commissioner for Peace and Security in the continent emphasised the need for the African continent to adapt an action oriented approach.