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Sani: It ‘ll take some time to end insurgency

Senator Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani

Human rights activist and Senate subcommittee Chairman on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North East, Senator Shehu Sani, told SAXONE AKHAINE, that there is more to do to finally overcome insurgency.

What is the way forward in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency?
First of all, there are short term and long-term measures. Short-term is what we have achieved, that is dislodgment of the insurgents. The long-term is the rehabilitation and economic integration and economic opportunities for the people of the Northeast, who have been ravaged by poverty and deprivation, to re-build their lives and make their lives more meaningful. As for the military, they have gone far in achieving a lot of successes. But, what is most needed is for them to protect and conduct their activities with respect to fundamental rights of citizenry, to ensure that the result in regards to their combat actions.

It is true that the military has seriously degraded the capacity of Boko Haram to capture territories, but no military can stop suicide bombing because it is something that can be done by one or two people. But the ability and capacity of the insurgent groups to take over territories, hoist their flags, that is over, and I think it is a very big achievement.

We would also be deceiving ourselves to think that degrading means an end to Boko Haram insurgency. Degrading does not in any way include ending suicide bombing, which itself is something that will take a longer time for us to achieve.

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