COMBATTING TERRORISM MUST BE A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

The terrorism attacks carried out on Friday, in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, which resulted in 28 deaths, is shocking but not surprising.
The Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for the attacks that left many injured.
While we extend our condolence and sympathy to the families and victims as well as the people of Burkina Faso, the attack for many including security experts with knowledge about the growing strength of AQIM in North Africa and the Sub-Saharan region, is not surprising.
No too long ago, precisely in November, last year, the AQIM attacked a hotel in Bamako, the capital of neighbouring Mali that left 19 people dead.
These two attacks underline the growing strength of AQIM, in the sub-region, which is the reason why there should be the strengthening of regional co-operation to thwart the efforts of the terrorists in the region.
The two brutal attacks reinforce the scary reality that terrorism is a global scourge that must put all countries on security alert.
The threat pose the critical question of whether North African and sub-Saharan African countries have what it takes to combat terrorism?
Many experts are also asking whether West African security services, have the capacity to confront terrorism and prevent the brutal attacks on its citizens.
As a matter of fact, the unending long war waged in Nigeria by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Cameroom, and Chad and now by the Al-Qaeda wing in Mali and Burkina Faso, have added to the complexity of the problem.
The Times wishes to advise countries in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa to begin to collaborate and share information as a means of effectively fighting terror.
It is understandable that countries in Africa, may lack the financial and logistical resources to mount a sustained fight against terrorism.
But, if all countries in the world work together to reinforce their security apparatus and acquire the necessary means to mount a collective fight against terrorism, it is likely that they would win the war.
We are encouraged that the government has stepped up security across the country and at important public places, hotels, malls, among others to ensure security.
It is a healthy sign, but we insist that the world needs a holistic approach to combat terrorism as a sure way to curb the scourge.

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