Hailemariam Desalegn, the visiting Prime Minister of Ethiopia on Wednesday said members of the radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram operating in Nigeria as well as the Al-Shabab operating in East Africa, get their funding from outside Africa.
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The envoy, who is on a two-day visit to Nigeria, made this known while speaking at a joint press conference with President Goodluck Jonathan in State House, Abuja.
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According to him, terrorists resorted to suicide bombing because the government was winning the fight against insurgency. He stressed the need for leaders whose countries have been worse hit to cooperate to fight insurgency, adding that for the past 10 years the East African region had been fighting terrorism but needed more efforts in order to completely flush out terrorism from on African continent.
“You know terrorism is not African agenda only. There has been terror attack in Boston, United States and many parts of the globe. So, it is not something that is new to Nigeria, Ethiopia and other African countries. It is a global phenomenon and you see that there was terror attack in Iraq recently and is expanding. We have to see it as a global phenomenon that has to be tackled together in unison. It should not be left to this or that region or this or that country. We have to bear in mind the genesis of this terrorism” Desalegn said.
The Ethiopian leader Nigeria and his country had reached an agreement on the fight against terror with the countries’ chiefs of staff working on the modalities.
“We are working as one with Kenya to fight this terrorism and the chiefs of staff are in Nairobi, discussing how to fight this issue as we speak” he said.
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Responding, President Jonathan pointed out that Ethiopia had a longer history of terrorism when compared to us, and hinted that Nigeria had a lot to learn from the East African country’s experience.
Jonathan and Desalegn agreed that both countries would continue to exchange high level visits in order to promote and deepen mutual understanding as well as the cooperation that would bring permanent solution to the lingering war of terrorism in the African continent.
Meanwhile, this week Nigeria has been under massive attacks from unidentified gunmen and suspected sect members. in southern Kaduna, the country capital Abuja, the troubled Borno as well as Adamawa states.
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