Security experts, Civil Society Organization and other major key stakeholders in the security sector deliberated in Abuja on Monday over the protracted insecurity problem that is disturbing the peace in North-East.
Convener of the programme, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in conjunction with National Orientation Agency, the International Crisis Group, Conciliation Resources, and the Network of CSOs in North East Nigeria also unveiled the launch of two reports.
One of the reports reviewed in the title of the report: “Reintegration Work of Operation Safe Corridor,” that was published by International Crisis Group primarily centers on the popular opinions towards reintegration of ex-combatants, militia and persons associated with Boko Haram.
Another report that was published by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) focuses on “Popular Opinions and Positions of the Reintegration Process in Borno State.”
A statement released by HD’s media head, Zigwai Ayuba, said the motivation behind the symposium was to bring stakeholders together to create a learning and experience sharing platform in order to chart a way forward in national peace building process.
Ms Ayuba said with the dialogue, her group was aiming to improve the understanding of key policy stakeholders on the existing approaches to peace building, reintegration, reconciliation and resettlement, particularly in North-east Nigeria where a decade long insurgency has been on.
The Nigerian military and its allies have been engaged in hostilities against Boko Haram elements with thousands of casualties recorded and millions displaced with need for urgent humanitarian aids.
“The symposium observed that in Nigeria, stakeholders working on reconciliation, resettlement and reintegration are having to do so in an environment faced with active hostilities, reduced funding and faced with other risks such as the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said in her statement.
“This is different from traditional models of conflict resolution where recovery and reconstruction tend to occur after the cessation of hostilities, hence the Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Reintegration (DDRRR) model,” she added.