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Buhari Reacts As Terrorists Take Over Afghanistan

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President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the takeover of Afghanistan by an Islamist insurgent group popularly known as Taliban.

Naija News earlier reported that the Islamist insurgents entered the presidential palace, after taking over all the major cities in the country.

Following the development, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country after being in power for seven years.

In an opinion article published in Financial Times on Sunday, President Buhari noted that the West is losing its will for the fight against terrorism.

He noted that the African continent is the new frontline of global militancy, saying that international assistance has not helped in curbing the menace of insurgency.

President Buhari asserted that while the world is preoccupied with fighting the spread of COVID-19, terrorism is getting worse across the world.

He, however, noted that Africa has enough soldiers to defend it, urging the United States to assist the continent with advanced weaponry.

He said: “COVID-19 has been like oxygen for terrorism, allowing it to gain in strength while the world was preoccupied.

“Africa is the new frontline of global militancy. Yet few expect the outlay expended here to be as great as in Afghanistan. The fight against terrorism begun under the George W Bush administration was never truly global.

“Despite rising attacks across Africa in the past decade, international assistance has not followed in step. Mozambique is merely the latest African state in danger from terrorism.

“The Sahel remains vulnerable to Boko Haram, 20 years after its formation, and other radical groups. Somalia is in its second decade fighting the equally extreme al-Shabaab. Many African nations are submerged under the weight of insurgency.

“As Africans, we face our day of reckoning just as some sense the west is losing its will for the fight. It is true that some of our western allies are bruised by their Middle Eastern and Afghan experiences. Others face domestic pressures after the pandemic. Africa was not then, and even less now, their priority.

“If Afghanistan has taught us a lesson, it is that although sheer force can blunt terror, its removal can cause the threat to return.

“The US airstrikes last month against al-Shabaab in Somalia — the first of the Biden administration — show what can and should be done.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.