The Al Shabaab militia group is a destroyer, a modern-day scourge which recruits with no order or discrimination of any sort, whether rich or poor, Islam or Christian, whether in youth or old age. This poses a huge threat to all of us. The government works diligently to provide security and avert the threat of recruitment to our children. Everyone currently has no option but to join in; rather than point fingers at the government when recruitment occurs.
When a loved one is lost at any stage of life or having them turned into an extremist who would later come back to terrorise and kill us is quite sad and the pain is unbearable. In the past we’ve had a case of our own gone rogue, a good example being the story of Abdirahim Mohamed, a former student at the University of Nairobi who was involved in the Garissa University attack, where 148 lives were lost and at least 70 persons were injured. Recruitment grounds are now in our very own estates, schools, places of worship and in our very own living rooms on social media platforms and mobile apps. It is evident that as individuals we should stand up for what is right as the fight against terrorism is for all of us. Every person should be vigilant at every level, have a keen eye with the eagerness to engage with each other and especially the young ones. We should strive to pick out any form of change whether in behaviour or mannerisms. If only any tendencies of radicalisation even on one person can be identified at an early stage and appropriate action is taken, the fight against radicalisation will be effectively & easily won.