Adamawa, Borno Elders Meet, Seek Lasting Solution to Insurgency
A group under the aegis, Northern Adamawa and Southern Borno Elders, NASBE, has urged the Federal and the state governments to find lasting solution to the recurring attacks in the areas.
The Chairman of the steering committee, Sen. Paul Wampana, made the call at the maiden meeting of the group in Abuja yesterday.
Wampana told newsmen that the meeting was called to discuss how the group could assist their people, who had been affected by terrorist attacks.
“The thrust of this meeting is to see how we can collaborate with the Federal and state governments to bring succour to the people affected by the activities of the insurgents.
“It is also to looked at the long term measure of bringing these people back to their domain, resettle them and provide their immediate need,’’ he said.
The chairman said the group would get the statistics of the people that had been affected by the attacks, so as to avoid a repeat of what happened after the 2012 flood disaster.
“Our zone is situated either directly inside Sambisa forest or share borders with forest currently the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency and the theatre of war.
“Our people are being killed, maimed, displaced and their lands and property destroyed, instances such as the abduction of our Chibok girls yet to be found and released remain fresh in our hearts,’’ he said.
According to him, Northern Adamawa and Southern Borno Elders is non- partisan, non-political and non-sectarian group. “It is also not an advocacy or a pressure group; it is simply the coming together of people concerned with the plight and suffering of their people,’’ he said.
Northern Adamawa and Southern Borno comprise 16 local government areas; Adamawa North had seven while Borno South had nine.
They are Adamawa North: Hong, Madagali, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South and Maiha, while Borno South: Askira-Uba, Biu, Bayo Chibok, Damboa, Gwoza, Hawul, Kwaya-Kusar and Shani.