November 23, 2019
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How to end Boko Haram insurgency in Northeast-Buni

Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state has said that Boko Haram is the
only security challenge to protect people’s lives and property for eight years.
According to him; “The people; have borne the brunt, as insurgents
continue to attack towns and villages, torched schools, public and
private buildings and led to hundreds of thousands of people displaced
into camps and host communities.”
Buni raised the alarm on Tuesday, while addressing participants at a
Security Summit held at Government House, Maiduguri.
He said these are statistics we are sadly familiar with that led to
about a decade massive devastation to lives and property.
He said there are emergent security threats that we are equally very
concerned about.
According to him; “Rising cases of rape, kidnapping, robbery,
homicide, conflict between farmers and pastoralists, and
cattle-rustling are challenges we have to confront seriously.
He said government believes that it cannot make any socio-economic
progress; with persisting security challenges; but confront them.
He said such confrontation, should be carried out by army, police and
civil defense to contain and tackle security challenges in Northeast.
While supporting the army and police, he said: “They also have our
unflinching moral and material support, as we have demonstrated on
countless occasions, including yesterday (Monday) when we provided 30
additional new Hilux vehicles for security operations.
“It is pertinent to pause and reflect on how our collective journey
has been in addressing our security challenges.
“What new ideas we can test in order to fully restore peace and secure
the lives and property of our people?”
“We also strongly believe that while the military effort to contain
the insurgency is necessary, we must actively explore and engage in
dialogue.
“No conflict (insurgency) of this nature anywhere in the world has
ever been resolved solely by military means.”
“We should seek and use back channels to open communications and
contacts that both sides could trust as credible.
“Such communications and contacts should necessarily lead to something
meaningful.”
According to him, the military should open or reinforce a safe haven
for insurgents who desire to defect from the insurgency or repent from
their evil ways and deeds.
Continued: “We should also be more forceful to seek and engage the
general public in the quest for lasting peace. This is something that
we are already doing in Yobe state.
“Through deliberate public information and enlightenment campaigns, we
should work to make members of the public active partners of our
security agencies.
“This could be achieved by getting them to pass useful information
whenever they noticed any suspicious persons or movements.”
“They should regard information reasonably provided as useful by
taking the fight to insurgents; hideouts.
He said troops should chase down leads and give members of public the
confidence that their participation and contributions are factored and
appreciated to end war.

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