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Air Commodore donates 25% of book launch proceeds to BH victims


Children at IDP camp

Retired Air Commodore Darlington Abdullahi, author of the book “The Boko Haram Phenomenon and Terrorism in Nigeria’’, has donated 25 per cent of proceeds of his book launch to victims of terrorism.

Abdullahi announced the donation at the public presentation and launch of the book on Friday in Abuja.

According to Abdullahi, focus on human development aspect of tackling insurgency will go a long way in tackling the root causes of the problem.”

He said that the security challenges in the North-East was enormous and required synergy from all irrespective of the geo-political zone one came from.

“As an individual, I think this is one of roles I should play; drawing attention to the plight of the victims of insurgency.

“We are trying to bring out historical events for future generations to read with a view to finding solutions to the problem we have today.

“We are making contributions to the rehabilitation of the victims and that is why I devote 25 per cent of what we generate today to the Victims Support Fund,’’ he said.

He said that the war against terrorism was not a conventional one and could not be handled in line with rules of engagement.

Abdullahi said, however, that the Nigerian military has done well in the prosecution of the war and deserved commendation.

He said that government had a major role to play in combating terrorism; hence, he came up with crisis management strategy which would help government get back on track whenever it derailed.

In his comments, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, the Commandant, National Defence College (NDC), said that the book was an intellectual property.

“It is a recipe for finding solutions to the case of terrorism globally and particularly in Nigeria.

“We are all aware of the challenge of Boko Haram; the book will contribute in finding solutions to the problem of Boko Haram.

“We have done a lot to find solutions to the problem of Boko Haram; what is happening in the North-East now is an example.

“The Boko Haram insurgents have been brought to their knees; the challenge will soon be over,’’ he said.

On his part, Mr Segun Adeniyi, the Book Reviewer, said that the book sought to proffer solutions to insurgency using local ideas.

He said that the book highlighted that the inactions of those saddled with responsibilities could lead to disastrous consequences.

“If proactive measures were put in place at the time Boko Haram started breeding, we will not be where we are today,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the author was a former Director, National and Military Strategy, NDC, Abuja.

The book presentation, which was held at the NDC’s auditorium, attracted dignitaries from the diplomatic corps, military hierarchy, National Assembly and traditional institution.

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