Pan-Africanism and the Threat of Terrorism: A Critical Appraisal

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Owosho, S.A.
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Department of African and Asian Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University,
The crusade for a formidable Pan-Africanism has been an age long project in the annals of the struggle for African emancipation. However the project has witnessed more rhetoric than action. The African continent has been severely plagued by political and economic instability and endemic poverty. The level of corruption and insecurity in the continent is so worrisome that even Africans in the diaspora have been discouraged from making meaningful contribution to the development projects in the continent. The most recent is the menace of terrorism. Terrorism continues to be one of the most serious threats to peace and security in Africa. The continent has and continues to pay a heavy toll for these outrageous and criminal acts, which have resulted in mass casualties, destruction of infrastructure, loss of livelihood and displacements. These among other problems are some of the fundamental obstacles militating against the realization of the desired goal of the project. It is against this background that this paper makes a philosophical appraisal of Pan-Africanism in the new millennium. This paper aims at tackling these challenges and re-awakening Africans, particularly, African leaders on the fundamental objectives of Pan-Africanism. It recognizes terrorism as a global threat, requiring commitment at all levels. It emphasizes the critical importance of cooperation and collaboration with the international partners in other to defeat terrorism. It further suggests leadership training with emphasis on moral education for African leaders. It posits that, only in a community of people with moral rectitude and unflinching collective will can Pan-Africanism attain greater heights that would guarantee enduring socio-economic security and political stability in Africa.
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Pan-Africanism , Political Instability , Economic Insecurity , Terrorism , Leadership Training
Owosho S.A. (2020). Pan-Africanism and the Threat of Terrorism: A Critical Appraisal, Interdisciplinary Journal of African and Asian Studies, 6 (2), A Publication of African and Asian Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, 227-237