Fayemi, Tambuwal call for global attention on insecurity in Africa
BY Emma Ovuakporie
Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, have drawn global attention to insecurity in some parts of the African continent, saying that tackling insecurity in the continent requires an urgent intervention of world leaders.
Both Fayemi and Tambuwal spoke in Brussels, Belgium, on Friday at the opening session of the Crans Montana Forum on, “The Impact of Sahelo-Saharan Crisis on African Security, Economy and Political Stability.”
Fayemi, who was one of the main speakers at the forum, spoke on the Boko Haram perspective to insecurity in parts of Northern Nigeria. He told the audience that included world leaders, representatives of governments, Ministers of foreign affairs, security experts, diplomats, Peace Scholars and policy makers, not to classify the conflicts in Africa as one and the same for all the states.
He posited that some of the conflicts were political, economic and religious in nature, adding that each conflict should be isolated and tackled.
He, however, admitted that a common factor in all the states was that they had “weak state structures,” which allowed terror suspects to operate easily. “To find solutions therefore, there has to be a holistic and international response.”
The governor said: “Nigeria went to Mali because it felt that it must intervene in order to arrest the crisis in that country from spreading more than it is doing already,”