Friday, April 10, 2015

AU Member States Urged to Prioritize Cooperation in Fight against Terrorism

TWS||Nicholas Waigwa

A civil society movement that has been advocating for the release of the girls abducted by Boko Haram militants on 14th April 2014 from a Government School in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria has decried the alarming spread of terrorism in Africa.

Citing the recent gruesome killing of nearly 150 students at a university in Kenya, the Abuja family of the #BringBackOurGirls said the horrific incident at Garissa University College in North Eastern, Kenya brought into sharp focus the continental spread of terrorism.

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They encouraged the Government of Kenya to find the culprits and prosecute them as deterrence to other such evil minded individuals across Africa.

“The Kenyan civil society and citizens have participated in several solidarity activities for our ChibokGirls in the last one year. We stand fully with you and pray that your nation and people would find comfort and peace as you grieve.” Read the Statement by #BringBackOurGirls’ OBY EZEKWESILI HADIZA BALA-USMAN

They called on the member countries of the African Union to act collectively and prioritize cooperation to tackle and eradicate terrorism on our continent.

The #BringBackOurGirls movement acknowledged the support of people who have continued to raise their voices in solidarity with the #ChibokGirls from the one million women in Mexico who marched for their cause, to the hundreds of thousand who have stood for this cause from Syria, to Namibia, to the UK, to Afghanistan, to Canada, and to Japan.

Others who have who have been notable for staying committed to the release of the #Chibok girls are the First lady of the United States– Michelle Obama, the youngest-ever Nobel Prize Laureate- Malala Yousafzai and global music icon— Alicia Keys.

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