Introduction of anti-radicalization programs in the war against terrorism should be made in learning institutions across the world. The rise in the number of young men and women who now prefer to join radicalized groups is quite alarming.
This comes at a time when most of the Islamic radical groups are either comprised of teenagers or young men and women who are devoted to kill and spread propaganda.
In Kenya, regions which have been highly affected include areas around the Coastal region, northern Kenya and parts of eastern Kenya. These regions have lost their youth to radicalization groups which spread ideologies and philosophies aimed at attracting others into joining militia groups.
Kenyans are now calling upon the relevant ministries and organizations to introduce anti-radicalization programs in learning institutions in a bid to counter young Kenyans who are being recruited through radicalization groups.
The latest attack on Kenya, the Garisa Massacre, which Al Shabaab militia group killed 147 students at the university made Kenyans realize how their youth have been fast initiated into the movement.
This shocking revelation of Mohammed Abdirahim Abdullahi a former student at the University of Nairobi and son to Abdullahi Daqare, chief of Bulla Jamhuri location in Mandera County as one of the gunmen who led the attack on the University students could be a warning to Kenyans.
The young generation lacks proper leadership and guidance, according to a psychologist and a counselor. Introduction of anti-radicalization programs in institutions would therefore be a good start in the fight against terrorism in Kenya.
The program, which has not taken effect yet is aimed at also equipping young Muslims with a clear understanding of what true Islam is and not the ideologies being spread by the militia groups.