Botswana Spearheads Discussions on terrorism

On Tuesday, Botswana noted that it will engage other member states of the African Union to discuss solutions to terrorism next week.

The discussions are set to be held at the AU’s 24th Summit next week Friday. Although theme is under “Women’s Empowerment Year and Africa Development for the concretisation of Agenda 2063″, The government will table discussions, taking advantage of the platform.

According to APA, the government issued a statement saying that it would “present to others in order to seek regional consensus on the way forward to building an enhanced international framework for global peace, tolerance and understanding.”

“We are also of the view that for the global war on terror to succeed there must be a global appreciation of its shared effects and consequent need for appropriate channeling of resources,” read the statement, spoken by Jeff Ramsay, the government’s spokesperson.

With reference to the attacks of Boko Haram in Nigeria and surrounding areas, Ramsay noted that the lives lost due to acts of terrorism on the African Continent are just as precious as those of victims elsewhere.

Although the country will be manning talks, there is no current plans to send troops into Nigeria as an immediate response. According to Ramsay there aren’t any current plans to send troops to Nigeria, however, the Director of Protocol and Public Affairs of the Botswana Defence Force Tebo Dikole noted that any orders from the commander-in-chief (which is the president) will be taken – according to statutes of law.

We cannot forget that Boko Haram has displaced over 1.5 million people in Northern Nigeria and killed multiples since its reign of terror in 2009, human security must be a priority in Africa this year.