By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Institute for War and Peace will overcome challenges of insurgency in the Northeast.
Zulum said while appreciating the Nigerian Army’s foresight for the institute on Thursday in Burata, Biu local government area of Borno, that the insurgency had inflicted debilitating effects in the state and neighbouring countries of Niger, Chand and Cameroon.
He said “Our dear state is the worst affected with many citizens still in
Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
“I’m not unaware of where we were before the inception of the Buhari administration and his leadership and successes recorded by the military in the war against terror.”
“With the level of destruction of infrastructures, and displacement of people from their communities, we have the task of rehabilitating them.
“The task before us now, is to return the people to communities and restart their means of livelihoods,”he said.
He noted that this was why the state government is devoting its limited resources to empower and encourage the people return to their communities.
According to him, the army is a reliable partner in this endeavour, noting that the state government shall work with the institute to design a template and programmes for peace building, reconstruction and development of communities.
While appreciating scarifies of gallant troops; he said: “We shall continue to support the Armed Forces when we occasionally criticized.We do so with a view to improving on our successes; and not out of lack of appreciation.
In his remarks, The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, lamented that one of the greatest challenges facing the world today is terrorism and huge toll it’s taking on human lives.
He declared that Nigeria has its fair share of terrorism in the form of Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast part of country.
He explained that with the support of government and other security agencies, the military has been working substantially to destroy these terrorists and return peace to affected areas.
He believes that this will enabled the people go back to their normal life productive activities in communities.
“This is the surest way put in a nail on the coffins of insurgency,” he said.
While commending troops’ for their sacrifices defend country, he said
the Nigerian Army will continue to treat their welfare and families with top most priority.
He noted that this could not have been achieved; without the support
of Nigerian leaders and people of northeast.
He added that without their support and understanding, the successes achieved would not have been possible.
“Continue to support our security agencies with timely intelligence as the war on terror is a collective responsibility of all,” he said.
He said the Institute was part of Nigerian Army’s aim of understanding all forms of warfare, particularly new forms of asymmetric conflict, including terrorism and insurgency.
“The Tukur Buratai Institute aims at training and capacity building for military personnel, as well as civilians in counter-terrorism and insurgency, humanitarian responses, peace building and construction.
He said the institute has six centres, including research, documentation, counter-terrorism and insurgency, cyber security,
strategic communication and centre for museum and archives.
“This will also influence policy and state at community levels adding that the institute plans to collaborate with other institutions of learning and research,”said Buratai.
On his part The Vice Chancellor of Nigerian Army University, Biu, Prof. Kyari Mohammed said the conversion of the museum to an Institute of War and Peace (IWAP), is part of army’s efforts of defeating the Boko Haram insurgency not only by kinetic force.
He said that in 2014, Buratai town was severally attacked by insurgents.
He said the institute will intellectually provide education, which the insurgents detests in their campaigns of war.
“Academicians, intend to look for and proffer solutions to end the ongoing war with Boko Haram and abet future occurrences,” he said.
“The institute’s building was donated by Buratai in 2015 as a museum; where relics of war and insurgency were displayed.
“In 2019, the Nigerian Army decided to upgrade the museum to become a centre for counter-terrorism and insurgency.
He said this year; the University council in its wisdom thought it necessary to upgrade the centre to an institute.
“It will deal with post conflict peace building and reconstruction, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration.The centre will also study other forms of conflict around the country and beyond.
“We aspire to be the centre of excellence in post conflict peace building in proffering solutions to violent conflict.”
He said IWAP is being devoted to the study of all aspects of war and peace.
NAN report that the over a decade long Boko Haram insurgency has claimed 36,000 lives with destruction of $9 billion (N3.42 trillion) worth of property in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe state.