President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday, said that terrorism and violent extremism could only increase, if peace loving people remained idle and complacent.
This was contained in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu.
According to the statement, Buhari, who spoke on behalf of other participating African Heads of State and Government at the closing executive session of the 2015 Commonwealth Summit radicalization in Malta, said he was confident that terrorism would be ultimately defeated with greater international cooperation and collaboration.
He said, “We have had the opportunity to discuss, in a serene atmosphere, wide ranging issues that are of great significance, not only to the members of the Commonwealth, but also to the entire global community.
“Of particular note is the action statement on climate change, which is expected to herald our commitment to saving the planet for present and future generations.
“Of equal significance are our deliberations on radicalization and violent extremism. We are witnesses to the growing phenomenon of terrorism that is affecting us all, whether big or small.
“The reign of terror will only succeed if peace-loving people choose to remain idle. But I am confident that through our collective efforts, we will defeat this scourge and restore peace,” Buhari said.
The president stated that Nigeria and other African member-countries, are fully committed to the promotion and protection of the core values of the Commonwealth.
“I came into power via democratic principles and values espoused by this same body. Nigeria as a country will continue to protect and promote these democratic ideals,” Buhari said.