Vanguard (Lagos)

2 April 2014

Africa: Help Fish Out Boko Haram Sponsors, Jonathan Tells European, African Leaders

Brussels, Belgium — President Goodluck Jonathan has called on world leaders to assist Nigeria identify sponsors of the Boko Haram terrorists Organization, saying that the world has the responsibility of holding the sponsors of the deadly sect responsible and accountable for their atrocities.

Speaking in Brussels, Belgium Wednesday at the European Union/African Union summit on Peace and Security, President Jonathan reiterated that there can be no development in Africa if the issue of insecurity is not holistically tackled, emphasizing that "peace and development are two sides of the same coin".

While expressing appreciation of the government of Nigeria to the European Union for its support to Nigeria and other African countries to tackle the threat of terrorism from groups like Boko Haram and in the Sahel, president Jonathan maintained that "that a terror attack on one nation is an attack on us all" and everything must be done to expose and defeat them.

"The weapons of choice of these terror groups are the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). Of recent, they have acquired the rapid propelled grenades and even surface-to-air missiles. Where do they get these sophisticated weapons?

The total value of what these terrorists possess as individuals, in terms of what they wear, where they live cannot buy an assault rifle. We all have the collective responsibility to un-earth their sponsors and supporters who are determined to destabilise Africa. We should hold them responsible and accountable for their actions" the president said.

He said given the importance Nigeria attaches to the subject of peace and security in Africa, we organized a Summit on "Human Security, Peace and Development: An Agenda for the 21st Century" which attracted over 20 Heads of State and Governments and Heads of International Organizations, where it was resolved that Leaders "must continue to strengthen existing mechanisms for national and international conflict management, and create new avenues for co-operation within and between our peoples and our nations".

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