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Northern group moves to combat insecurity

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Dr. Usman Bugaje

The Northern Nigeria Security Conference (NNSC) yesterday said that it had concluded deliberations on how to combat insecurity in the North and that a standing committee to implement the final recommendations in combating the security challenges in the North would soon be set up.

It said that the exclusion of the northern governors at the summit was due to their lack of knowledge and expertise to proffer solutions to the present security challenges in the region.

Co-ordinator of the security conference, Dr. Usman Bugaje, who spoke with journalists on the outcome of the meeting, attended by top-ranking retired military and police officers, academicians, top government officials and former ambassadors, said that the northern governors were excluded because of their limitation in knowledge and expertise to handle the complex issues involved in proffering last longing solutions to the menace of insecurity in the region.

Bugaje said: “I am not worried that the governors were not around at the commencement of the conference. In the first place, for the work we did, they are not really important. We did not invite some of them. You know what happens when governors come. The place is going to be crowded with unnecessary security operatives and they will make the place messy. Not all of them are knowledgeable about the issues.”

Besides, the group said it had set in motion deliberation on how to tackle Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping and armed robbery, rural banditry and communal clashes, farmers-herders’ clashes, ethnoreligious conflict and urban youths violence that has claimed thousands of lives in the region.

It said that some of the recommendations listed by the security conference were that “the military should concentrate on counter-terrorism by hunting down terrorists, denying them sanctuaries and preventing cross-border mobility to the insurgents.”

Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon has said that women aid workers over the globe are working tirelessly to help people in crisis.

Kallon made the declaration yesterday in a statement in Maiduguri to mark the 10th anniversary of the World Humanitarian Day.

According to him, since the beginning of the conflict in July 2009, 37 aid workers lost their lives, along with the killing of 35,000 civilians by Boko Haram insurgents, adding that the UN, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other aid workers are persistently being attacked in various parts of North-East.


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