President Muhammadu Buhari has said that military option alone will not be enough to defeat ISIS, Boko Haram and other extremist organizations.
Buhari, who spoke in New York at the Global Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIS and Violent Extremism, said the United Nations and the international community needed to do more to contain ISIS.
“We need to take military action combined with effective border security, intelligence collection and sharing, and vigorous policing action,” the president said.
However, he said that in order to put in place the critical components of an effective approach to countering ISIS and eventually defeating it, the world must address the threat from the source.
Buhari informed his audience that the world must find a way to prevent young people from turning to terror in the first place.
“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 organizations, somehow through a misguided appeal to their worst fears, expectations and apparent frustrations…”
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