By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
Irked by the raging insurgency in the North East, North-West and other parts of the country, coupled with the desire to end insurgency and create lasting peace that would enable displaced people to go back to their ancestral homes and continue their normal lives, the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), has presented a document, outlining steps to end the 11 years insecurity.
Presenting the document to the public in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, Hamza Ibrahim, Researcher and Communication Associate with CITAD said the policy brief is a product of research conducted in three states of North-East; Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Kano in the North West.
According to him, the document titled “Prospects and Challenges on Non-Violent Resolution of Insurgency in Northeast Nigeria” took an in depth research on the ongoing insurgency in the Northeast, and is supported by the Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) of the British Council.
He explained that military actions have been around since the inception of the insurgency, but CITAD think there is a need to look into other mechanisms that will help the military onslaught and offensive because the goal of all stakeholders is to ensure that conflict is brought to an end.
“The policy brief contains inputs, recommendations, and solutions on what to do, steps to take to end insurgency in the Northeast and other parts of the country, we want the public to know about steps to take to bring the security challenge to an end”, Ibrahim stated.
He urged government and all other actors working to end the insurgency to use the policy brief as a road map because there are specific recommendations channel to government, security, Religious and Traditional leaders, and other stakeholders in the society.
“I am optimistic that if the new security chefs will lay their hands on the document, they will find tangible solutions to end the insurgency”, Ibrahim stressed
In his remarks, one of the researchers, Musa Shalangwa, a lecturer with the Department of International Relations, Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola, explained that people’s thoughts now are on dialogue and reconciliation concerning insurgency in the Northeast.
According to him, the communities interviewed said military personnel posted to the area for counter-insurgency operations have taken over all businesses, stressing the need for the military to work on its relationship with the communities it seek to protect.