•Holds dialogue on how to break the counter-terrorism stalemate Monday
The Nextier Security, Peace and Development (Nextier SPD), has revealed that the Boko Baram terrorists has carried out over1,639 violent attacks in nine years, killing at least 14,436 persons in the North East Nigeria alone.
This was disclosed in a statement made available on Sunday by the Senior Research And Policy Lead, Nextier SDP, Mr. Ndubuisi Nwokolo, ahead of the dialogue on Nigeria’s counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations.
Nwokolo added that 6,051 person were injure, and 2,063 taken hostage across the region.
He however, noted that the Boko Haram attacks have become more sophisticated although are mostly directed at soft targets.
To this end the group in partnership with the Umaru Musa Yaradua foundation is set to hold a security policy dialogue Monday with the theme “Breaking The Stalemate: The Fight Against Insurgency In Northeast Nigeria”
“The Nextier Security Policy Dialogue seeks to identify the missed opportunities to build sustainable peace and development in the Northeast region of Nigeria. Discussants will examine why strategies and approaches employed,” Nwokolo stressed.
He listed Guest Speakers at the event to include: Dr. Ibrahim Umara, Department of Political Science, University of Maiduguri and Prof. Haruna Dlakwa Centre for Peace, Diplomacy and Development Studies (CPDDS) University of Maiduguri.
Expected discussants are: Brig-Gen. Saleh Bala (rtd), President of White Ink Institute for Strategy, Education and Research (WISER); Lt-Col. Ademola Lawal (rtd) the Head of Research and Strategy, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development, Abuja.
Others are, Mr. Mohammed Danjuma, the Head of Programme Management and Coordination, at the Presidential Committee for North-East Initiative (PCNI) and Amb. Ahmed Magaji, a seasoned diplomat in training and in practice. He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Gusau Institute.
The government agencies expected include: Military institutions; Office of the National Security Adviser; Presidential Committee on Northeast Initiatives; Ministry of Interior; and National Emergency Management Agency.
Others are: State Emergency Management Agencies; International Organization for Migration; Minister of Environment; International development agencies (EU, USAID, DFID, JICA, ECOWAS, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, DFID); and Development finance institutions (World Bank, African Development Bank, etc.)