Army committed to ending insurgency, says Minimah

CHIEF of Army Staff, Lt Gen Kenneth Minimah has reiterated the resolve of the army to bring an end to the current security challenges and ensure peace across the country.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian military has put a lie to claims that a neighbouring country was responsible for the elimination of some terrorists in Nigeria last week.

According to a tweet from the handle of Defence Headquarters, “There was no raid whatsoever by Cameroon or any foreign forces in any part of Nigeria’s territory in pursuit of terrorists as claimed in some reports allegedly quoting Cameroun military authorities.

“All operations ongoing in the environs of Konduga and all associated border locations within the country are completely being undertaken by Nigerian troops.”

While the Nigerian military is yet to officially named some of the top terrorists killed in recent operations, more suspected insurgents have continued to surrender themselves to the troop.

Another set of terrorists surrendered to troops at Kawuri yesterday. Military officials confirmed that those that have surrendered have been taken into custody for necessary security debriefing.

Speaking at the event to commemorate the International Day of Peace, yesterday in Abuja, Minimah noted that Nigeria was currently facing threats to its peaceful coexistence as a nation.

He further added that the challenges occasioned by insurgency, ethnic crisis, kidnappings and armed robbery were militating against desire for a peaceful society.

He observed that causes of most conflicts could be attributed to political, ideological, religious differences and economic imbalance.

According to him, “Peace and stability are conditions for sustainable growth and economic development. Addressing the root causes of conflicts would require the understanding of the very nature of human existence and require sustained efforts to bring together, all people from diverse political, ideological, economic and religious background, to stay together and understand each other with a view to tolerating one another. Every citizen has the right to live and work in a peaceful environment.”

He urged Nigerians to eschew the act of violence and embrace peace for the future of the country.

Also speaking, the Country Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Pa Lamin Beyai said that Nigeria was confronted with the insurgency in the North East, which has curtailed and in some cases, outrightly denied peoples right to peace due to increasing attacks on innocent citizens.

He added that the growing trend of these attacks require collective partnership and resolve to end this protracted crisis and restore peoples right to peace.

Beyai assured that UN agencies would continue to support the Federal Government’s effort in providing appropriate response to conflict and security challenges and promote the rights of Nigerians as envisioned by the UN General Assembly Declaration in 1984.

He noted that UN agencies in Nigeria with its partners, have been engaging stakeholders to help promote understanding and co-existence to improve the right of Nigerians to peace

He said, “ The UN agencies are supporting the official response to the protracted crisis with an Integrated Support Package (ISP) for the North-East, including support for the abducted Chibok girls, their families and the affected communities. The ISP is designed to cater for the immediate and long term needs of the affected population particularly women and children in psycho-social support, food and non- food items, health services, early recovery and alternative livelihoods support to the victims, particularly female headed households and children”.

In his remarks, the Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr Ade Abolurin stated that instead of heightening tension, Nigerians should be advocates of peace adding that it is possible to have peaceful general elections come 2015

Also, the Director General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Prof Oshita Oshita called on parties involved all the conflicts in Nigeria to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue

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