African Leaders combat terrorism

African Leaders Unite to Combat Terrorism: The Abuja Declaration

by Chidera Perpetual


In a landmark gathering, African leaders, alongside Heads of State and Government, Ministers of Defence, National Security Advisors, and representatives of regional organizations and the UN, converged in Abuja for a crucial mission: to confront the scourge of terrorism gripping the continent. At the heart of this historic assembly lay the Abuja Declaration, a pivotal document crafted to chart a course towards enhanced regional cooperation and institution-building to tackle the evolving threat of terrorism in Africa.

The High-Level African Counter-Terrorism Meeting, spanning two days, served as the platform for the unveiling of this significant declaration. Spearheaded by Major General Adamu Laka, the National Coordinator of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC), the event resonated with a unified commitment to combat terrorism at its roots.

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Under the theme “Strengthening Regional Cooperation and Institution Building to Address the Evolving Threat of Terrorism in Africa,” the Abuja Declaration represents a collective acknowledgment of the urgent need for collaborative action. It underscores the unwavering dedication to leverage existing frameworks, including those established by the African Union and the United Nations, to confront the multifaceted challenges posed by terrorism.

Central to the declaration is the recognition of the enduring relevance of instruments adopted by the African Union, encompassing the communiqués of the African Union Peace and Security Council, as well as resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. Additionally, the declaration emphasizes the importance of aligning efforts with the normative frameworks established by all participating Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms.


Beyond mere rhetoric, the Abuja Declaration embodies a tangible commitment to forge partnerships, share intelligence, and deploy resources effectively in the fight against terrorism. It signifies a pivotal moment in Africa’s collective resolve to safeguard its people, preserve stability, and foster sustainable development.

As the echoes of the Abuja Declaration reverberate across the continent, its impact promises to transcend borders, uniting nations in a common cause. With unity, determination, and strategic collaboration, Africa stands poised to confront and overcome the scourge of terrorism, ushering in a future defined by peace, security, and prosperity for all.

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