Why terrorism, violent crimes thrive, by Buhari
PRESIDENT Muhammad Buhari says violent extremism and terrorism could only thrive and endure if good people remain idle and complacent.
Buhari who spoke on behalf of other participating African Heads of State and Government at the closing executive session of the 2015 Commonwealth Summit in Malta said he was confident that terrorism would be ultimately defeated with greater international collaboration.
In another development, Commonwealth leaders rose from their three-day meeting yesterday in Malta with a firm resolve to tackle the twin issues of violent extremism and devastating effects of climate change across the globe.
Buhari who participated in virtually all the deliberations at the meeting has since left Malta for Paris, the capital of France, where he is expected to participate in the global summit on climate change scheduled to open in the city today.
A statement by Garba Shehu his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in Malta quoted Buhari as saying: “We have had the opportunity to discuss, in a serene atmosphere, wide-ranging issues that are of great significance, not only to the members of the Commonwealth, but to the entire global community.
“Of particular note is the Action Statement on Climate Change, which is expected to herald our commitment to saving the planet for present and future generations.
“Of equal significance are our deliberations on Radicalisation and Violent Extremism. We are witnesses to the growing phenomenon of terrorism that is affecting us all, whether big or small.
“The reign of terror will only succeed if peace-loving people choose to remain idle. But I am confident that through our collective efforts, we will defeat this scourge and restore peace,” Buhari said.
The president also reaffirmed the unwavering commitment of Nigeria and other African member-countries to the promotion and protection of the core values of the Commonwealth.
“I came into power via democratic principles and values espoused by this same body. Nigeria as a country, will continue to protect and promote these democratic ideals,” Buhari assured heads of delegations at the session.
Buhari thanked the outgoing Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma for his exemplary service to the Commonwealth, saying: “We in Nigeria will not forget his five memorable visits to our country during his tenure. As this is his last CHOGM in his present capacity, I know I speak for my colleagues from Africa in expressing our immense gratitude and best wishes to him,” Buhari said.
He also congratulated the Commonwealth’s Secretary-General-elect, Patricia Janet Scotland, and assured her of the full support of Nigeria and other African members of the Commonwealth.
In a communique at the end of the meeting, the Heads of Government of the 53-member nations under the aegis of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, ( CHGM) reaffirmed their shared and “enduring commitment” of the people to the values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter.
Besides, the communique further stressed that the leaders also addressed issues bordering on sustainable development, trade and investment, migration and safety guarding the interests of Commonwealth small states and emphasised that the unique nature of the Commonwealth added value in responding to contemporary global challenges.