Nigeria and the United States have expressed determination to jointly develop a comprehensive approach to ending Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin.
The U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, made this known during his visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, in Abuja on Friday.
”What we are working on together is truly a comprehensive approach to the challenge posed by Boko Haram.
“The military component is critical; it is necessary, but it is not sufficient.
“A comprehensive approach has to include taking care of people in their home communities with good governance, with access to actual resources and to jobs so that they are not susceptible to being pulled in to extremism out of desperation.
“It has to include support particularly for displaced persons as well as refugees so that they too can have some basic livelihood and basis support.
“It has to include obviously a respect for human rights and it is very challenging when you are fighting an enemy as vicious as Boko Haram, to maintain your own focus on human rights, but it is absolutely very necessary because if you do not, then it will be very hard to succeed in your efforts because you risk alienating the very people that you are trying to protect and save.
“Across all of these dimensions as well as stabilising communities that have been liberated from Boko Haram so that people can go home on voluntary basis.
“There is a tremendous amount of work to be done but we appreciate the comprehensive approach Nigeria is taking to the problem.”
On his part, Onyeama said the second Abuja Security Summit scheduled for Saturday, May 14, would develop a comprehensive approach to address the challenges to insecurity in member countries of the Lake Chad Basin.
“This summit is really a moment and opportunity to …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper