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Fighting Boko Haram useless when many are poor, jobless – ECOWAS

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The Vice President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Finda Koroma says the only successful way to fight terrorism within the region is to attack its root causes.

”The ECOWAS Commission understands that it would be illusionary to fight against terrorism without attacking its root causes, such as bad or in some cases, weak governance, poverty, youth unemployment and human rights abuses,” Ms Koroma noted. “This need to address the root causes of violent extremism was specifically mentioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in his Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism of December 2015.”

Ms Koroma said this at the inauguration of the Early Warning Study on the Spillover of Violent Extremism to ECOWAS Coastal Member States in Abuja on Monday.

She added, ”This Plan of Action asserts that structural factors such as the lack of prospects for youth or unemployment, contribute largely to their adherence to the agenda of terrorist groups which they find attractive and therefore consider as an alternative likely to offer a better tomorrow for them.” Continue Reading

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