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How Nigeria Confronted, Decimated Boko Haram – Envoy

The Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, Ambassador. Tijjani Bande, has said that Nigeria has taken measures that contributed to the confrontation and decimation of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist

group.

Bande stated this while addressing a UN Committee on the topic:

‘Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism’ at the 73rd Session of

the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York.

The envoy said: “Nigeria is no stranger to the activities of

terrorists, and in particular, Boko Haram.

“But, the Nigerian Government has since confronted and decimated their

activities and has put in place bold and robust strategies to continue

to address the heinous atrocities of the Boko Haram insurgency.

“The collaboration of neighbours and many partners aided us in large

measure to achieve the current outcome.

“We continue to enjoy closer cooperation with our neighbours,

especially Cameroun, Chad, Niger and Benin Republic who have come

together within the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission to

form a Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), headquartered in

N’Djamena, Chad”.

The Nigerian envoy regretted that terrorism had continued to be a

serious menace to international peace and security.

According to him, terrorist acts are insidious in character and

usually destabilise the structures of governance with adverse effects

on development in the affected countries.

Given this sad reality, Bande said the international community needed

to develop an inclusive and collaborative approach to jointly deter

and annihilate terrorism.

He reaffirmed Nigeria’s continued support and readiness to cooperate

with UN on efforts to end terrorism in all its manifestations.

He said: “I am glad to also emphasise that Nigeria’s counter-terrorism

strategy is fully anchored on the respect for human rights and

international humanitarian laws.

“It is against this background that the residents in the North-Eastern

states of Nigeria now move about their daily businesses in relative

safety.

“Since the commencement of the revised National Counter Terrorism

Strategy (NACTEST) by the current administration in 2016, Nigerians

have equipped themselves psychologically to win the war against

terrorism.”

According to him, the strategy succeeded in uniting Nigerians from all

works of life towards defeating Boko Haram.

It also encourages religious leaders to use their various places of

worship to enlighten their followers against any extremism or

intolerance, he added.

Bande said the programme for de-radicalisation, rehabilitation,

reorientation and re-integration for repentant Boko Haram members,

Victims Support Fund and the Presidential Initiative for the North

East as well as the Safe School Initiative are still ongoing.

These initiatives, he said, had facilitated the provision of

humanitarian relief, socio-economic stabilization and resettlement of

persons displaced by Boko Haram.

“Certainly, the war against terrorism on all frontiers can only be

achieved through the determined resolve of all Member States of the

United Nations to work together.

“States Parties must ensure full compliance with all United Nations

Resolutions and Conventions against terrorism and its financing as

well as other instruments adopted at regional levels.

“This will constitute not only a valid point of departure, but also a

contextual framework for cooperation among member states,” he

stressed.

Bande said Nigeria’s adoption of the National Counter Terrorism

Strategy and Plan of Action to prevent violent extremism is a clear

indication of its readiness to root out terrorism and end the

destructive activities of Boko Haram.

“Consistent with our faith in the need for a collective fight against

terrorism, I like to re-affirm Nigeria’s commitment to work closely

with all UN Counter Terrorism entities,” he pledged.

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