Africa winning “war” on terrorism – President

President Akufo-Addo with the AU Envoys at the High Level Retreat on Peace, Security in Africa

President Akufo-Addo with the AU Envoys at the High Level Retreat on Peace, Security in Africa

Africa is making steady progress in the fight against terrorism through the collaborative efforts of countries, President Nana Addo Dankwa has observed.

The President said the continent was gradually pushing back terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, the Movement for Unity and Jihad, Boko Haram, and Al Shabaab among others.

“The collaboration currently taking place amongst countries in West Africa and on the continent in the fight against terrorism and armed groups is significant.”

“It gives credence to the Ghanaian proverb that “a broomstick on its own can easily be broken, but, together, a broom cannot be broken – in unity lies strength.”

“African countries are co-operating in the fight against terrorism and achieving results, and this should spur us on in our collective drive towards a peaceful and united Africa,” he said.

Speaking at the a High-Level African Union Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa yesterday, President Akufo-Addo said terror groups had been unleashing terror on citizenry in their attempts to stifle the freedoms and liberties of citizens.

He stressed the need for countries to continue to collaborate to end terrorism in Africa to make the continent peaceful and stable, and push forward the integration agenda.

According to him, the objective of an integrated Africa cannot be achieved without peace and stability on the continent.

“Efforts at integration of the continent will be negatively affected if African countries continue to battle with the human security challenges which confront their peoples. No country would want to integrate with another whose house is on fire,” he said.

Recounting the story behind the formation of the European Union, President Akufo-Addo said it had been widely acknowledged that the EU had helped prevent war among its members, since the end of World War II in 1945.

Countries like Austria, Britain, France, Germany and Italy had, for centuries, waged wars over religion, territory and power, he said.

“The creation of a free market, concealing economic and geographical borders, was intended to erode the justification for using war as the quickest avenue to wealth and power, and lessen its appeal”


“That was the vision that underlay the idea behind the European Economic Community, now the EU, in 1957. This should motivate us in Africa, and hasten our efforts towards integration”

“If Europe, through the formation of the EU, was able to stop the vicious cycle of violence that had plagued them for centuries, leading them onto the path of advancement, wealth and prosperity for the majority of their peoples, Africa can no longer dither,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo urged African leaders to work together to unleash the energy and ingenuity of Africans.

He urged African leaders to recognise that the way forward was to implement regional and continental decisions, such as the Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.

“Those of us who believe strongly in integration can do no better than to give our full support to regional and continental decisions. Through this, we will build institutional confidence and integrity in the structural organs of the AU and our regional entities,” he said.

The Commissioner, Peace and Security of the African Union Commission, Smail Chergui, said the summit held at a time the continent was being put to test by the erosion of multilateralism, the ever-changing global political landscape and emerging threats to peace and security such as climate change and rapid urbanisation.

“Scientist tell us that sea-levels are projected to rise 10 per cent higher than the global mean along African coasts.

“With the most vulnerable areas in terms of population and assets at increased risk of flooding include Egypt, Cote d’ Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, the Gambia and Tunisia”.

“The World Bank estimates that the rise in sea levels, combined with other factors will push around 86 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa to migrate within their national boundaries by 2050,” he said.

He stressed the need for countries to commit to the proposed reforms of the AU to create a people-centred union with operational effectiveness and efficiency, and sustainable financing to better address continental needs.


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