An expert in peace and security has urged African leaders to put in place measures for early warning signals on threats to peace and violent extremism on the continent.
A senior research fellow at the Kofi Annan International Peace-Keeping Training Center (KAIPTC) Emmanuel Ening observed that the failure to detect threats to peace and find solutions to them early enough were the causes of conflict escalation in Africa.
Ening said this in his keynote address at the opening of the two-day Kofi Annan Peace and Security forum themed; “Peace Operations in the Context of Violent Extremism in Africa.”
He said Africa’s governments and stakeholders in peace and security should detect signs of violent extremism and devise strategies to combat the menace.
One of the major security threats to peace and security on the continent, Ening said was hostage-taking.
“Intelligence gathering is critical to combat this menace since hostage-taking has become a business. We need to understand the challenge this poses to us and develop the skills needed in hostage negotiations,” Ening urged.
President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said, “The United Nations agency responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security must step up its game to help fight violence and insecurity in Africa.”
Recounting effects of violent extremism in his country, a former president of Sierra Leone Paul Koroma urged that political intolerance must give way to political tolerance to end the vicious cycle of political violence.
Other leaders attending the forum are ex presidents of Liberia and Ghana Olusegun Obasanjo and John Dramani Maharaja. Enditem