President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called for support from countries around the globe in dealing with the threats of terrorism in Africa.
According to him, the proliferation and sophistication of terrorism networks in Africa has become one of the greatest threats to democracy which should not be the concern of the Africans alone but to the rest of the world.
Nana Akufo-Addo made the call when he delivered an address on “Democracy and Security in Wet Africa”, at an event held in his honour by the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C, in the United States of America.
The Ghanaian president has been drawing the attention of world to the security threats in Africa after the continent has experienced seven military takeovers over the past three years.
President Akufo-Addo said “Even more concerning is the fact that these terrorist groups are evolving by the day, as they scramble to control more territories and natural resources, especially in peripheral communities where the lack of effective State presence and control creates conditions for penetration and, ultimately, radicalization”
He added that “ the fight against terrorism has to be a global fight. We must pull our resources together to confront a common enemy. The resources dedicated to counter-terrorism have to match the resources available to the terrorist groups. The menace caused by terrorism is such that we must share the burden of the fight to be able to incapacitate the terrorists”, he added.
He however, warned that failure to do so leaves the entire world in danger of a spillover effect of terrorism and violent extremism, emphasising that it is the time for a global coalition of democracies, a coalition of the willing, determined to banish the spectre of terrorism and violent extremism.