Find new approach towards defeating terrorists' ideology - Group tells Borno elders

Find new approach towards defeating terrorists' ideology - Group tells Borno elders

- A rights group has called on the elders in Borno to work towards defeating the ideology of Boko Haram in Nigeria

- The group urged the elders and other stakeholders in the state to adopt a new approach and strategy to defeat terrorists' ideology

- According to the group, the elders should join hands with the government and the armed forces to extend the maximum level of support needed to succeed in the fight against insurgency and for Nigeria to defeat the Boko Haram/ISWAP ideology

The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has challenged elders, leaders and political stakeholders in Borno state to adopt a new approach and strategy to defeat terrorists' ideology.

In a speech delivered at the Unity Fountain on Friday, January 3, the centre said it will take the collaboration of the elders, politicians and other stakeholders in condemning the antics of Boko Haram/ISWAP ideology for peace to return to the north east.

CALSER's convener, Princess Ajibola, in an open letter to north east elders, stakeholders and politicians, called on these leaders to help build the region and defeat terrorists' ideology.

Ajibola said the northeast must realise that “we are our own enemies” and the “time has come for us to get out of this shell that has tied our hands and tongues”.

She called on elders, political leaders and other stakeholders to join hands with the government and the armed forces to extend the maximum level of support needed to succeed in the fight against insurgency and for Nigeria to defeat the Boko Haram/ISWAP ideology.

Ajibola said such feat can only be achieved if a more pragmatic approach towards defeating terrorist ideology is adopted.

"Our respectable elders, esteemed stakeholders and political leaders in North-east Nigeria, this is an appeal for us to stand up and take our destiny in our hands. The time has come for us to sit and reason together concerning what has been happening in our country, particularly the North-east region," Ajibola said.

Noting that since the emergence of the terrorist groups in Nigeria, the situation in the country has become very pathetic while residents in the region have been subjected to unfortunate conditions.

"This includes suffering by innocent children who have committed no crime against us but simply being born Nigerians at this point in time," she said.

Ajibola added: "We, therefore, appeal to our elders, political leaders and other stakeholders to join hands with the government and the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to extend to them the maximum level of support needed to succeed in the fight against insurgency and for Nigeria to defeat the Boko Haram/ISWAP ideology."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Martin, decried the continued attacks on Nigeria's soil by members of the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists' groups.

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Martin said the terror groups are holding Nigeria as a country to ransom. He further urged the Federal Government and the Nigerian Military to intensify its counter-offensive to crush the groups and restore normalcy to end fear among citizens.

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