Boko Haram: UN adopts new strategy to end insurgency
The United Nations has adopted a new strategy that would assist the Federal Government in the fight against terrorism.
This was disclosed by the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for West Africa, Mr. Said Djinnit, while speaking at the opening of the 45th ordinary session of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
He expressed satisfaction with ECOWAS support for the counter-terrorism efforts of the Federal Government in tackling the Boko Haram scourge.
According to him, the new strategy, known as integrated support package, aims to complement the ongoing efforts of government.
He maintained that the current support from ECOWAS was also a reflection of the solidarity of countries in the region and their legitimate concern about the spread of violent extremism.
He said: “The United Nations has adopted an integrated support package to complement Nigeria’s efforts, since we are convinced that only a multi-dimensional approach can bring lasting solution to the crisis.
“Our primary and immediate concern is the plight of children including in particular those that are being held in captivity by the terrorists as well as the fate of the civilian population in the North East, where human rights and humanitarian conditions are distressing.”
John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana and current Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Governments in his welcome remarks, commended the establishment of peace operations in Cameroon and Chad to defeat the Boko Haram sect.