Damaturu – A non governmental organization Centre For Information Technology And Development, (CITAD) has during a presentation of a policy brief on the prospects and challenges of non-violent resolution of insurgency in the North East Political Zone Of Country, the organisation said the survey respondents believe involving stakeholders that include community leaders, government, military, elders, youth women leaders can help in promoting dialogue and reconciliation in the war ravaging zone.
According to the Senior Programme Officer of the organization, a wide consensus in their findings indicates traditional and religious bodies play a central role in dialogue because of their historical roles in conflict resolution as more trustworthy and acceptable stakeholders.
Isa Garba said : “the findings also reveals youth and other non-state actors such as the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) should be involved in the dialogue and reconciliation processes with the insurgents.”
It has been recorded that the eleven years old insurgency with endless wrench continues to ravage the people living in the front line states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa.
It was estimated that within the period, 37,530 people have been killed while on the other hand over two million people were said to have been displaced internally.
Similarly, several communities have been destroyed and travel constrained in the region.
While, a total of 244,000 refugees were documented as a result of the uprising.
During the meeting, Garba opined that: ” there is no doubt that the military has succeeded in containing and rolling back the insurgents flushed out of many of those places.”
“At different times government and military officials stated that the insurgents were technically degraded, while the victims can attest that the major towns in the region such as Bama, Mubi, Baga among others life returned to normal though there are pockets of attacks.
However, in a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.
Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Mr. President, thanks to the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,” wishing them well in their future endeavors.
The new Service Chiefs are Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.
He congratulates the new Service Chiefs and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Nigerians have higher expectations on how best the new services chiefs can go about ending insurgency and other criminality that is posing danger to the existence of the corporate entity, Nigeria.