Leymah Gbowee: Why don’t African leaders march against violence in the continent?

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Leymah Gbowee has challenged African leaders to act against daily violence being perpetrated by Boko Haram in West Africa.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee

Boko Haram militants carried out the deadliest attack over a week ago by burning down villages in Baga, northern Nigerian, leaving bodies scattered everywhere with as many as 2,000 people feared dead.

Amnesty International said the attack on Baga “could be Boko Haram’s deadliest act.”

Ms Gbowee observed that following last week’s terrorist attack in France, more than a million people gathered to march to decry the attacks.

“What happened in France will stay etched in our memories forever like 9/11. Over 40 world leaders joined the marchers in solidarity to reject that this tragedy would become the new reality,” Ms Gbowee said.

She wondered why African leaders have never organised a similar march whenever Africans are killed by terrorists.

In Nigeria, in Cameroon, and many other African countries, “violence is a daily reality,” Ms Gbowee said.

She added: “Since 2002, thousands of people in northern Nigeria and surrounding areas have been attacked and killed. The violence has spread into Cameroon and Chad with deadly consequences. When hundreds of Nigerian schoolchildren have been abducted and thousands killed, why was there no march of African leaders?”

Ms Gbowee said that many people sometimes are not in a position to reject violence because they have no choice.

She appealed to those who have a choice against violence to “act boldly for peace and justice.”