The incessant insecurity situations has been attributed to the porous borders of the country which have made it easy for the inflow of small arms infiltration and continue to be an issue and threat to the efforts of tackling insecurity, especially against Boko Haram insurgency in North East Nigeria.
Professor Patricia Donli from the University of Maiduguri stated this at a project dissemination workshop in Abuja organised by Nextier Security, Peace and Development with the theme: ‘Entrenching Peace; Assessing Community Resilience and Peace Initiative in North East Nigeria’, in Conjunction with Managing Conflict in Northeast Nigeria and the European Union,EU.
Professor Donli, said this has been the major cause of the unending security issues in Borno state.
She stressed that this is a state that share borders with Cameroun, Niger Republic and Chad with hundreds of unchecked entry route which have led to the movement of so many contraband.
Donli stated that violence escalates as a result of long term neglect as the individual due to the need to fend for themselves make choices that may endanger the community.
The Professor further disclosed that though presently Boko Haram no longer have control of communities in Borno state, but these communities are vulnerable to attack anytime.
Also speaking, Professor Haruna Dlakwa, also of University of Maiduguri, stated the resilient nature of the women in these conflict stricken Communities as they continue to strive even in difficult situation.
According to him ” in this conflict situation women who were not use to venturing into business has to do so to be able to fend for their family by venturing into petty business.
The Partner/Chief Executive of Nextier SPD Dr. Ndu Nwokolo, stressed the need for continuous engagement with the people to understand how they are able to carry on.
Nwokolo noted that for a government to work to sustain peace in these Communities they also have to understand the coping mechanism of these people.
On his part, Member, UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries, Dr. Chris Kwaja, reiterated the need to engage the people through various means of sensitisation.
He stated the need for the involvement of women in decision making as this is very crucial in making progress.