Insecurity: Activist speaks on findings from northeast tour

Insecurity: Activist speaks on findings from northeast tour

- An activist has commended the federal government and Borno state for the peace experienced in the state

- The activist said some parts of Borno state can be compared to Rome and other peaceful cities in the world

- According to the activist, his conclusion was drawn from his tour of major cities in the northeastern part of Nigeria

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Despite various attacks by terrorists in Borno state, a human rights activist in Nigeria, Isaac Ikpa, has said that some parts of the state can be described as peaceful.

Ikpa while speaking to journalists during his tour of the northeastern part of Nigeria said the peace experienced in some parts of Borno state can be compared to what is obtainable in Rome and other peaceful areas of the world.

The activist also said that his comparative analysis between Rome and Borno is based on what has been achieved by the federal and state government with regards to the fight against insurgency in the northeast region by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

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Some of the places Ikpa visited include; Chibok, Damboa and Askira Uba all in Borno state.

He said some of these areas, especially the southern part of Borno and other major towns in the state are currently experiencing peace following efforts from the military and the presidency.

He also said that his tour of the region has exposed him to understand the general climate of Borno state south which is of peace, hope and confidence against some of the impression being peddled in some quarters that residents are living in fear.

Ikpa said that residents in the state now consider remnants of the terrorists as irritants who must be dealt with rather that as the much dreaded group of attackers.

Parts of Borno more peaceful than Rome, activist claims
Ikpa said the peace experienced in Borno can be attributed to federal and state government's effort. Photo credit: @GovBorno
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He noted that the fear residents of the region usually have when Boko Haram is mentioned is no longer there.

Ikpa said this is because troops of the Nigerian military have succeeded in demystifying the insurgents and their operations against the people.

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He said: "The days when people run to hide when the hear the name of Boko Haram is over with the coming of this administration coupled with how they've been degraded and subdued."

The activist further called on the people of the state to continue to ignore the "rantings" of the terrorist group as the sacrifice made by the Nigerian army has constantly resulted to tremendous success.

Meanwhile, previously reported that the Nigerian government said it has began an airdrop of some relief materials to internally displaced persons living in Borno state.

The federal government said the process of airdropping the relief materials is being handled by the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development headed by its minister, Sadiya Farouq.

It was also gathered that the airdrop of the materials will be carried out by the ministry in collaboration with the Nigerian air force.

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In another news, the public relations officer for the Borno state police command, Edet Okon, has warned residents against protesting the new price hike in fuel and electricity tariff.

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Okon said the police in the state would not allow members of any group or individuals living in the state to embark on a protest over the hike in the prices of some of the basic commodities by the federal government.

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