As the rest of the world grapple with the problem of Terrorism, posed by Islamic states IS. Some Africa countries have joined in the race of becoming an Islamic State. Latest among these is Gambia that recently joined the north African countries of Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.
Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh while formerly declaring the country as an Islamic state, says it was designed to distance the West African state further from its colonial past.
Muslim rebel leader in Central African Republic, Noureddine Adam also recently declared an autonomous state in his stronghold, leading to hundreds of protesters in the war-torn country capital marching to the headquarters of a UN peacekeeping mission demanding the arrest of Islamist militant leaders in an attempt to block polls later this month.
"As from today, Gambia is an Islamic republic," he said. "We will be an Islamic state that will respect the rights of all citizens and non-citizens"
Despite strong commercial ties with Britain and other European countries whose citizens are regular visitors to Gambia’s white-sand beaches, relations with the West have deteriorated in recent years.
Users on social media platforms have in recent times posted Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram pledging allegiance to the Islamic State showing the expansion of IS into the African continent.
Security experts say latest indicators of IS expansion pose a new threat to the entire African continent.