BOKO HARAM: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE- ByTijani Mukhtar (FNEIEF)
Boko Haram is a terrorist organisation which started from a domestic violent ideology of believing that Western Education is Sin, and that anything that exists has to be destroyed. The group has had its toll on many innocent souls of Nigerians. The government and media said it has killed more than 20,000 people, while the citizens have a different view by believing that more than a 100,000 lives were lost, whichever way, the point is that innocent lives were lost, properties worth Millions of naira destroyed, and about 4 million were displaced in the North East and plunged over 6 million Nigerians into hunger and desperate need, making many to seek for shelter at Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camps. In recent years Boko Haram has used more than 100 women and young teenage girls in carrying out their barbaric suicide attacks on innocent civilians.
When the U.S Secretary of State John Kerry visited Nigeria over a year ago, He said, “No one anywhere. . .should have to live among this evil. . . .But it isn’t going to disappear on its own.”. this implies that their ideologies has to be eliminated within our midst. In recent times, there has been some achievements by our military in the fight against the extremist. Few months ago, the Nigerian army has succeeded in liberating a lot of communities and in rescuing thousands of women and children held hostage by the insurgents, while hundreds of the insurgents have surrendered to the Nigerian army. This means that the government has to prioritize dialogue between the insurgents who have repented and the need for reintegrating them back to the Society.
One important thing of note is that defeating the insurgents on the battlefield is only the beginning of what needs to be done, To effectively counter violent extremism, government needs to put in place machineries to deradicalised our youths and to counter the narratives of violent extremist, military action needs to be coupled with a commitment to values like sound governance, basic education, national security, and the respect for human rights.
Every responsible government has to prioritize the fight against corruption. There is nothing more demoralizing to citizens than the belief that the system is rigged against them. The most basic duty the government has, is to meet the needs of its people and to be accountable.
The authorities must also give equal opportunities to everyone, by promoting gender and social inclusion, either in the classroom or at our places of work for them to compete favourably.
The government has the basic duty of promoting love, compassion and understanding for its fellow citizens. In trapping the terrorist cycle of violence, it requires treating those who escape or defect from Boko Haram ideologies, and especially those who were abducted against their will with sensitivity, as they seek to return to their communities. By embracing these individuals — especially the abducted women and children back into society without the threat of violence or discrimination, and to ensure that the millions who have been displaced in Nigeria get the humanitarian and government support that they desperately need.
Now is the time for us to lay a solid foundation for our future and the future of our children yet unborn, by doing this everyone will live freely and happily in his homeland without the fear of Violence in order for Peace and Stability to reign Supreme.
I believe if we put on more effort, our children and great grandchildren will find a better Nigeria to live than we met it.
#NotAnotherNigerian should be excluded in the Campagn against Violent Extremism
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