As you may have heard, there is an Islamic terrorism crisis in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique. The stories we hear from that region are harrowing. The ISIS-linked terrorist group beheads and brutalizes innocent, defenceless people.
That these Islamic terrorists continue to carry on with their barbarism is testament to the incompetence and failure of the Mozambican government.
Let's be frank, history shows that our African leaders fail to crush and defeat Islamic terrorism in the African continent. They fail in West Africa with Boko Haram, they also fail in East Africa where al-Shabaab continues with its vicious terrorist activities that kill innocent men, women and children.
Those who believe in the philosophy of “African solutions to African problems'' must be completely disappointed in our leaders. Because clearly, we still do not have working solutions to Africa’s problems. It is 30 years after the Cold War and our continent fails on many socio-economic challenges. And look, it doesn't fail because of the West, it fails because of our leaders. We cannot blame the West at this point.
In my previous writings, I have penned that African leaders have not only failed on pro-market economic reform. They have also failed on continental security. Security is one of the fundamental prerequisites, in building one of the world’s fast-growing and prosperous continents.
We South Africans are not used to a wave of terrorism motivated by Islamic extremism. It is something we watch in the news. It is often news reports about the Middle East and Africa. Not a single administration in our democratic South Africa has experienced what the Nigerian, Kenyan and Somalian governments have experienced, and what Mozambique is experiencing, with the monstrous Islamic terrorists. In that sense, we have been fortunate. At least till now – because we cannot foresee what will happen in future.