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Boko Haram surrender: Borno, security agencies, clerics, others reach 16 resolutions

  The stakeholder town hall meeting on Boko Haram hosted by Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri reached 16 resolutions.   ...

 

The stakeholder town hall meeting on Boko Haram hosted by Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri reached 16 resolutions.

 

It followed last week’s consultations Zulum had with President Muhammadu Buhari; Chief of Defence Staff, Leo Irabor; and members of several communities in Borno.

 

The Government House parley extensively discussed the pros, cons and implications of ongoing surrender by terrorists.

 

The participants agreed that firearms be retrieved from all repentant insurgents and profiling made stringent to avoid hasty release of hardened elements to the society.


They urged the Federal Government to quickly establish a world class centre with facilities for deradicalisation and rehabilitation purposes.

 

The stakeholders urged intensified military battle against Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP).

 

In attendance were victims of attacks, state officials, National and State Assembly members, traditional rulers led by Shehu of Borno, elders, heads of security agencies, Muslim and Christian leaders.

 

Others were academics, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), youth and women groups, labour unions, civil society groups, local and international NGOs and political parties.

 

Zulum said while it was difficult accepting the killers of innocent civilians, it is important to find ways of ending the 12-year insurgency.

 

He described terrorists’ surrender as “two extreme conditions”, noting that accepting insurgents has its implications and rejecting them could swell the ranks of the sects.

 

Zulum referred to the situation in Afghanistan where 20 years of military fight ended with the Taliban now in control of government.

 

The resolutions contained in a communique issued after the meeting was signed by Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kaka Shehu Lawan, a member of the Borno Security Council.

 

The stakeholders “Appreciated the efforts and support of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, towards ending Boko Haram insurgency and other criminalities in Borno State and the country at large;

 

“Commended the zeal and determination of Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, Governor of Borno State towards restoration of lasting peace in the State. The meeting noted his unparalleled support rendered to the IDPs and vulnerable.

 

“Welcomed the effort of the Federal and State Governments in the provision of state-of-the-art equipment and other logistics to security operatives that led to the renewed vigour in the fight against insurgents which resulted in the recent surrender;

 

“Urged the Federal and State Governments to handle the issues of repentant Boko Haram insurgents with utmost care and within the instrumentality of the law;

 

“Stressed the need for proper profiling of repentant Boko Haram insurgents to avoid hasty release of hardened elements to larger society;

 

“Welcomed the recent massive surrender by the Boko Haram insurgents and urged those still in the bush to follow suit;

 

“Called for all firearms and offensive weapons used by the repentant insurgents to be retrieved from them;

 

“Advocated for the strengthening of the deradicalisation mechanism of Operation Safe Corridor so as to involve parents of the surrendered Boko Haram members, Ulamas, traditional/community leaders and the media;

 

“Urged citizens to key into the educational opportunities created by the state government, especially by enrolling their children and wards to schools as a countermeasure to indoctrination;

 

“Reiterated the need for further support to all victims of insurgency especially women and children;

 

“Called on the Federal Government to establish a world class deradicalisation/rehabilitation centre in Borno State being the epicentre of insurgency;

 

“Called for a true reconciliation amongst the affected people;

 

“Appreciated the support of the Federal Government to Borno and solicited for more funding in areas of reconstruction, resettlement, reintegration, education and health as the meager resources at the disposal of the state is not sufficient in view of the magnitude of cost involved;

 

“Urged the military to sustain the ongoing offensive on the activities of ISWAP;

 

“Resolved to have a periodic briefing on the activities of the surrendered Boko Haram terrorists with a view to creating awareness amongst the public;

 

“Resolved that the North East Development Commission (NEDC), as a matter of priority, be involved in all aspects of the rehabilitation and integration of surrendered Boko Haram into mainstream society.”


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