Africa should walk the talk and move in to free the Chibok girls who were abducted in Nigeria by Boko Haram millitants a year ago. This will be a good way to aance pan-Africanism.
We need a better x-ray of events on the continent to understand the terrorism agenda and realise that Nigeria alone even with a few of its neighbours does not have the capacity to cause the release of the girls in good time despite the political rhetoric by both the outgoing and incoming presidents of Nigeria.
The terrorist forces seem to be more united in their vision of discomforting our continent as families of the abducted girls are looking on in disbelief that the Nigerian State and Africa are failing to provide the necessary protection to life and property.
Uganda had its share of this terrorism with the abducted Aboke Girls during the LRA insurgency and many families will never recover from the trauma it caused though the country fought tooth and nail to push out the terrorists as many girls-turned-mothers were already forcefully married to the rebels.
Africa must speak with one voice and act as one to counter the forces within and outside the continent that are exacerbating some of these atrocities and are funding, training and providing intelligence to the terrorists.
Our leaders should look at Africa as one family and jointly engage these negative elements with both soft and hard power in order to protect the dignity of persons that has been lost.
There are lessons to learn from Iraq that it is a united Africa and not merely independent states that will pose a threat to present day terrorists and those who wish to toe this line in future because with all the arsenal in place, the Pentagon has said that ISIL has been pushed out of only 25 per cent of its territory in Iraq.
Our African states should have organised demonstrations across the continent in all cities and towns to reflect on these unwarranted terror acts and send signals to Boko Haram and other terrorists to release the abductees, and the continent should aocate proactive approaches to fight terrorism.
Samuel Mweru Byachi,
SOURCE: Daily Monitor