PRETORIA: SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma has expressed concern regarding the activities of armed groupings in the continent.
He called thus on the African Union (AU) to activate requisite measures aimed at ensuring long-lasting peace and stability in the region on the continent.
“It is crucial to build a stronger and a well-resourced African Union to take forward the promotion of peace, security and the socioeconomic advancement of the continent,” said Zuma.
He said part of the capacity needed by the AU is the establishment of the African Standby Force for rapid deployment in crisis areas without delays.
Zuma’s sentiments come on the back of incessant terror particularly in Nigeria where the Boko Haram sect is a major problem.
Recently, it kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok in the Borno State.
The abductions have sparked international outrage.
“The Government and the people of South Africa condemn in the strongest terms the abduction of school children in the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the armed group, Boko Haram and calls on the kidnappers to release the children without further delay.
“The South African Government reiterates its condemnation of all forms and manner of terrorism. South Africa believes that terrorism, in any form and from whichever quarter, cannot be condoned,” Zuma said.
He also cited Kenya, whose capital Nairobi has been hit by a series of bombings as well as central Africa Republic which is torn by civil strife.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY