African Observers say Death of Terrorist Leader Brings Opportunities and Challenges

Published on Monday 2nd May 2011

In Nigeria, reaction to death of Osama Bin Laden, who was killed Sunday by U.S. forces in Pakistan, was mixed. While some expressed support for the U.S. action, others warned it could lead to more violence.
Bin Laden’s death offers an opportunity for improved relations between the United States and the Muslim world, said Mallam Auwal Rafsanjani, executive director of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center, based in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
“We, the American government and the international [community] would begin to dialogue with all aggrieved people and work out a more peaceful and responsible way in dealing with each other,” he said, “without necessarily promoting any violence or any act that will be tantamount to terrorism in the world.”
Muslims should also reach out to the United States, he said.
“We also call on those other aggrieved Muslims who believe it’s only through the use of violence that they can address their problems to also re-think about their method of advancing their grudges.”
There was also reaction from Kenya. The killing of Bin Laden could open another phase in the struggle against other terror groups, said Shaukat Abdulrazak, deputy vice chancellor of Egerton University in the capital, Nairobi.
“This is the beginning of other challenges [of potential revenge attacks] that would follow as a result of the death of Osama Bin Laden, so I think it would not probably be the end of everything; it’s probably the beginning of some challenges,” he said.
U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that the world is a safer, better place because of the death of the al-Qaida leader.


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