The Way Forward for Africa
Although terrorism is a huge challenge confronting most regions of the world today, some pragmatic steps and measures can be taken by the people and governments in Africa to better address the problem.
Enthroning the culture of good governance is critical. Improved governance structures will also reduce the vulnerability of African youths to radicalization. When there is massive investment in human development, African youths who may lured into joining terrorist groups and becoming suicide bombers will rather have something to live for. With an increase in functioning, non-corrupt governments, Africa will no longer be a safe haven for global terror groups to take refuge.
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Improvement is also needed in the areas of gathering intelligence on the activities of terrorist groups in Africa, effectively implementing legal counter-terrorism provisions and adequately funding counter-terrorism military operations. Counter-terrorism strategies must be aligned with needs of the people affected directly by terrorism, providing economic, social, psychological and other forms of support.
Finally, it will be a very wise decision to ensure that Africa’s counter-terrorism efforts take greater importance on the international security agenda. In addition to demonstrating the international community’s long-term commitment to the African continent, it will do a world of good in most of the African states currently facing threats from terrorist groups, further boosting their morale to fight against terrorism in mother Africa.