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Centre berates UN for doing too little to address terrorism in Africa

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The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has frowned at the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations for being relatively mute, without any strict measure to address terrorism in Africa.

The Centre accused the UN of doing too little too late by not sanctioning countries that promote and watch Boko Haram/ISWAP spread its ideology of senseless killings across Africa.

This was made known at a press briefing, yesterday, in Abuja on the “worrisome bid by Boko Haram/ISWAP to regain relevance from the tacit support enjoyed from unscrupulous countries and international organisations.”

The convener, Princess Ajibola, said UN’s failure to interrogate what is unfolding in the northeast of Nigeria and adjourning territories of Niger, Cameroon and Chad has encouraged nations backing Boko Haram to grow bold.

CALSER, therefore, called on UN to condemn the terrorists’ activities rather than adopting a destructive indifference. It further advised the intergovernmental organisation to create a coalition of willing nations that are committed to do what right-thinking citizens of the earth expected.

She said: “Ignoring the atrocities committed by such groups have further imperiled local populations. Because government forces are often wrongly accused of and credited with human rights abuses, including murder committed by these groups, they are able to continue killing, knowing that there is no effort to hold them accountable or brought to justice for the crimes they have committed against humanity.

“There is also the troubling pattern of rogue nations. Even though they parade impressive democratic credentials, scaling up their tactical, policy and material support for criminal groups, such that they are able to continue launching attacks against the non-combatant population, while making attempts at staging spectacular stand-offs against established militaries…”


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