More still needs to be done in Nigeria’s Northeast region to ensure lasting peace and an end to insurgency facing the region.
The mass surrender of members of the terror group, Boko Haram, and the probable return of peace in Northeast Nigeria should not be treated as an end to the decades-old insurgency, Major General Chris Musa, the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, advised.
The new theatre commander said the people of Borno State encouraged to celebrate the recent mass surrender of some insurgents which is a precursor to an emerging peace but warned all cannot be seen to be well until the root causes of the insecurity are tackled.
General Musa made this remark at the recent Borno stakeholder’s town hall meeting on insecurity where issues on surrendering Boko Haram fighters were discussed.
At the meeting, a cross-section of Borno stakeholders brainstormed and agreed that though it was difficult to accept those who inflicted pain and suffering on them in the last 12 years, it serves the greater purpose of achieving peace for repentant fighters to be forgiven and given a second chance.
General Musa said even though the Boko Haram insurgents have willingly surrendered, the military will continue to profile them.
The Theatre Commander commended the people of Borno State for deciding on the way forward.