Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has left Abuja for Pretoria, South Africa on Friday to participate in a discourse by African leaders over combating the growing threat of terrorism on the continent.The Nigerian presidency said the continent’s five regions would each be represented by two heads of state and government at the talks, which would centre around collective action to deal with the scourge which has plagued Africa in recent years.
Other African leaders expected at the talks, which will take place ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s inauguration for a new term in office, include the leaders of Ghana, Republic of Congo, Chad, Angola, Rwanda, South Africa, Mauritania, Algeria and Ethiopia.
The talks are taking place amidst growing insecurity in West Africa including Nigeria where the Islamist militants under Boko Haram have stepped up its cycle of violence which has killed at least 12, 000 people since 2009.
The sect has been behind a spate of bombings and kidnappings, the latest being the abduction of some 200 schoolgirls in the northeast of the country last month.
Aside from an international campaign against the abductions, France, Britain, the United States and China have joined the rescue effort.
( Courtesy APA ……… Source ……… New Africa Business News)