The Affairs analyst based in Abuja, Ismail Malik, has called on Egypt and Nigeria to expedite actions against terrorism in the both countries.
The Arab Republic of Egypt and the Federal Republic of Nigeria are two huge countries in Africa with diverse challenges associated with terrorism.
He said in recent times, the two countries have come under destructive attacks by a plethora of terrorist elements that threatened the corporate existence of the nations, which seek to exterminate their modern achievements.
He said that while Egypt has faced the challenges of extreme terrorist groups, principally spearheaded by the Muslim Brotherhood with its concomitant torrents of death and destruction, the Nigerian state has contended with the onslaught of the Boko Haram for several years which has since 2009, killed over 20,000 and displaced over 2.5 million people.
He said: “This unmitigated disaster has rendered the north eastern parts of Nigeria, mostly affected by the rampage, largely devastated with huge humanitarian crisis.
Egypt made profound and empirical response to these attacks. The Egyptian government, which has a longer experience in battling terror in recent years, refocused its methods and reprioritized its strategy to counter the ever-changing and consistently deleterious strategies of the terrorists, especially after the emergence of the leadership of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
Although the terrorists have remained resolute in their attacks, the Egyptian government under the creative leadership of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has considerably reduced the spate of attacks and pushed the terrorists to the brink of extinction.
“Although the biggest Arab nation in the world was jolted once again by a recent attack that killed at least 26 people on July 7, 2017, Egypt’s security forces have assiduously countered the menace with deft professionalism. An Egyptian source (www.sis.gov.eg) has disclosed that at a time when Egypt was celebrating the anniversary of the June 30 Revolution and getting rid of the rule of the brotherhood on July 3, 2013, the terrorist struck and killed and injured about 26 army personnel at a security checkpoint in the Southern Rafah city. However, forty of the fighters with links to the Islamic State were also killed in a subsequent gun battle with soldiers at the checkpoint, according army sources,” he said.
He continued: “Although these terrorist attacks against tourists in Egypt have lingered, they have decreased largely over the past 20 years since the terrorist attack in Luxor in November 1997 which left 59 victims.
“Tourists in Egypt over the past four years came under very few attacks, some of them with knives that left very few casualties and many of the attacks were thwarted like that of 2015 in Luxor’s al-Karnak Temple and that of the Pyramids area.
“The blast of the Russian plane that took off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport in October 2015 is deemed the major terrorist attack over the past four years. It is still under investigation by the Egyptian and Russian authorities. This attack led to adopting tight security measures at all Egyptian airports with massive international participation.
“This state of affairs led to remarkable positive results the recent of which was the lifting of an embargo by the US on taking mobile computers and other electronic devices on board of EgyptAir planes taking off from Cairo airport to the US.
“The Nigerian government has also drastically reduced the damage of the Boko Haram insurgency and dislodged them from areas where they hitherto looked impregnable. Hundreds of them have also been arrested and the de-radicalization method of the security agencies is yielding enormous results.