On our Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Program:
"Al Shabab to Boko Haram: Combating Terrorism Across Africa”
In East Africa, the government of Somalia has placed bounties on the heads of 11 al-Shabab leaders, including the alleged mastermind of the April 2 massacre in Kenya that killed 148 students at Garissa University College. A reward of $250,000 is being offered for the capture of al-Shabab chief, Ahmed Omar Abu Ubyed. Also among the most wanted is Mohamed Mohamud the alleged planner of the Garissa assault - the Kenyan government is offering $200,000 for his arrest. The son of a Kenyan government official, Abdirahim Abdullahi was identified among the four perpetrators killed during the attack. Analysts say it will be difficult to identify al-Shabab’s supporters in a region where people are divided along clan lines and the threat of al-Shabab looms over any attempt to help government agencies.
Across the continent, African coalition forces are showing signs of defeating Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, but, April 14 will mark the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of nearly 300 Chibok school girls, who have not been returned. Since 2009, the insurgency of Boko Haram not only killed tens of thousands, but threats of attack by the extremist group were primarily responsible for the delay of February’s presidential election. The lack of confidence by Nigerian voters in President Goodluck Jonathan’s ability to stop Boko Haram ultimately cost him the presidency in the March 28 poll.
Join us for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the ability of African governments to stop terror groups across the continent.
VOA West Africa Correspondent
via Phone/Skype: Dakar, Senegal
VOA East Africa Correspondent
via Phone: Khartoum, Sudan
Washington Studio Guests:
Raymond Gilpin, Ph.D.
Academic Dean at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies
National Defense University
Co-Founder of Act 4 Accountability
Question of the Week:
How can African governments effectively combat terrorist groups like al-Shabaab and Boko Haram?
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