Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja said ending insurgency in Africa would require stronger collaboration and commitment from governments, financial institutions and security agencies in tracking the sponsors of terrorist activities.
A statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the president spoke during a farewell audience at the State House with the High Commissioner of Kenya to Nigeria, Mr. Tom Amol.
Buhari said terrorist attacks in Africa bear similar trademarks of intense planning, strong alliances and proper financial sponsorship, which must be thoroughly investigated and reversed.
‘‘Terrorist activities always have financial sponsorship and this can be seen in their acquisition of weapons, their movements and other logistics.
‘‘Here in Nigeria, we saw that Boko Haram had strong material resources and they had a close link to ISIL,’’ he said.
The president also said African governments must make efforts to dissuade the younger generation from joining the ranks of terrorist groups, which explored youthful minds for suicide bombings.
‘‘We need a whole cultural orientation in order to succeed against terrorism,’’ he added.
In his remarks, the outgoing High Commissioner said he enjoyed his stay in Nigeria and still looked forward to returning to the country in the near future.