President of Nigeria: Africa Is the Capital of Global Jihad

President of Nigeria: Africa Is the Capital of Global Jihad

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari warned this week that Africa is fast becoming the world’s new epicenter of Islamic terrorism, Voice of America (VOA) reported Tuesday.

The global “war on terror” is increasingly shifting to “a new frontline in Africa,” VOA relayed, citing an August 15 op-ed by Buhari published by the Financial Times in which the Nigerian leader detailed the growing dangers posed by jihadist terror groups on the African continent.

Buhari mentioned several Islamist terror organizations based in Africa, noting that most had increased deadly attacks over the past year. African affiliates of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other Islamist terror groups have targeted civilians and government forces across Africa in recent months, ramping up an established campaign of jihad. The offensive extends from the Sahel, which is a geographic region running east-to-west across central Africa just below the Sahara desert, to eastern nations such as Somalia and Mozambique.

Gabrielle Reyes