Wed Mar 2, 2016 09:49AM
President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud speaks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 14, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)
President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud speaks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 14, 2016. (Photo by Reuters)
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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has told a security conference in Germany that terrorist groups have trained in his country and that the African states need to be organized.

President Mohamud admitted his country has been plagued by al-Shabab militants as well as corruption and political infighting and has only made limited progress in setting up a working political system. The presence of Boko Haram—the Takfiri terror group that has pledged allegiance to Daesh—adds a deadly dimension to an already alarming situation in Somalia.

President Mohamud added, ‘The terrorists are so linked together, they are associated and so organized, (that) we the world we need to be so organized.’ But is this call for cooperation simply window dressing? Somalia has not had a functioning central administration since civil war erupted a quarter of a century ago. How can a country in such dire straits bear the burden of even more Takfiri activities within its borders? Is it time for the rest of the African continent to do more to wipe out this terror threat before it becomes even more of a plague?