Monday, 2 April 2012

Declare War Against Poverty to End Terrorism


Gen. Joseph Nunooh-Mensah, Ghanaian National Security Advisor
The participants at the Symposium on Combating Terrorism in Africa on Saturday, March 31, 2012 called on African government to show more commitment to human development and eradication of poverty as a way to fight terrorism in Africa.

The forum condemned all forms of terrorism in Africa and blamed all the incidents on leadership failure and poor governance.

Gen. Joseph Nunooh- Mensah, a National Security Adviser of Republic of Ghana who declared the event open said there is a need for African leaders to focus more on human security as a basis for peace and development. “We need to create opportunities for young people and deal with the issues of corruption in our society,” said Gen. Mensah.

Defense Attachee, US Embassy, Ghana
Other speakers echoed his message, blaming poverty and corruption as the reason for the Boko Haram uprising in Nigeria. Engr. Mutaqha Rabe Darma, Executive Secretary of Nigeria Petroleum Development Trust Fund called for transparency in governance. He said “Islam is a religion of peace; and nobody should hide under the cover of religion to perpetrate evil against humanity. I am an African; I am a Nigerian; I am a Muslim and I am not a terrorist,” he said.

The Defense attacheeof the United States of America embassy in Ghana called for international cooperation for a common agenda against terrorism. He praised the organizer of the event for the initiatives.

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