Military action alone can’t win terror war, says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said military
action alone could never be enough to end the menace of
terrorism and extremism currently eating deep into global
He said adherence to good governance, transparency,
accountability and rule of law, were some of the best ways
to start the process of ridding the world of terrorism.
Buhari made his position known in a statement he delivered
at a Global Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent
Extremism organised by President Barack Obama on the
sideline of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in
He said while military action was not enough, it was
however capable of stemming the tide and reversing the
process of recruitment, movement and effective operation
of foreign terrorists’ fighters and their associated radical
UN and the international community to tackle ISIL, a lot
more needed to be done.
Buhari said, “Nigeria notes with satisfaction the efforts of
the United Nations and the rest of the international
community to contain ISIL. We certainly need to do more.
“We need to take military action combined with effective
border security, intelligence collection and sharing, and
vigorous policing action.
“These alone may not suffice, but they can certainly stem
the tide and reverse the process of recruitment, movement
and effective operation of foreign terrorist fighters and their
associated radical extremists.
effective approach to countering ISIL and eventually
defeating it, we must address the threat from the source.
“We must find a way to prevent young people from turning
to terror in the first place. And the young people that turn to
violent extremism do not exist in a vacuum – they are often
part of communities and families and are lured into the fold
of barbaric and nihilistic organisations, somehow, through a
misguided appeal to their worst fears, expectations and
“While addressing the causes of this attraction and how to
deal with them, we should pay close attention to other
manifest factors that may not be tangible but can be
“Good governance, which entails transparency,
accountability and the rule of law, remains the basis on
which we should kick-start the process of ridding the world
of the menace of terrorism and violent extremism.
“The international community will be required to work
together to deter and disrupt illicit financial flows from
nations with weak anti-theft structures to other parts of the
The President said where such funds were identified, the
victim state should be assisted to recover them
He said member states needed to address local socio-
economic grievances by formulating policies that would
ensure broad-based transformation through job creation,
equalisation of opportunities and expanding access to social
He added that African leaders also needed to rededicate
themselves to uphold the mandate of the African Union’s
Peer Review Mechanism and other good governance
initiatives that they had adopted in the region, to encourage
conformity with political, economic and corporate