Ganduje Urges International Support For War Against B’Haram
Ganduje made the call in New York during an interactive session with Governors and mayors from across the world at the launch of the International Steering Committee of Strong Cities Network.
The Strong Cities Network, established with the support of the US government, aims to strengthen strategic planning and practices to address violent extremism in all its forms by fostering collaboration among cities, municipalities and other sub-national authorities while working with civil society and safeguarding the rights of local citizens and communities.
The governor posited that the major problems with the war against terrorism in Nigeria was the issue of information gathering and lack of sophisticated technology to track insurgents. He appealed for urgent support to end Boko Haram in Nigeria.
According to him, religious extremism in Nigeria, which started under Boko Haram as a local issue later escalated into an international terrorism “because it was not strategically managed”.
This, he noted, enabled the group to build its strength without government noticing it, adding that this resulted in the unfortunate capture, by the organization, of several towns and villages, which led to the destabilization of parts of the country.
The governor explained that Boko Haram’s negative impact gave birth to the big challenge of how to handle Internally Displaced People in the country, lamenting that at the moment, about 10, 000 communities in the country have left their homes.
He said the government of Kano state is also expanding access to education and capacity building programmes to deter youth from being recruited to commit violent acts by people with sinister intentions.
The chair of the session and Mayor of Employment and Integration, Copenhagen, Denmark, Ms. Anna Lee Allerslev requested participants to fashion strategies to support Kano state and Nigeria to counter violent extremism.
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