Date: June 23, 2021, 07:04:02 AM
Military Solution Can’t End Insecurity, Says Ex-NHIS Boss: Politics : Nigerialog.com - Nigeria's Premier Online Forum
He said though the military could be used to maintain peace and curtail the activities of criminals, ending the threats by banditry, Boko Haram and groups like IPOB and OPC would not require military solution.He said only genuine and properly negotiated reconciliation, rehabilitation and reparations could end the conflict and bring lasting peace to the country.He said: “This is the honest reality. We need to accept that there is no military solution to all the issues of insecurity across the country. We need short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions to the problem.
“On short-term, and this exactly what we have started, open a trusted channel of communication and that is what Sheik Gumi has done. Secondly, there is a need to build confidence; there is so much distrust in the country.“The third stage is the cessation of hostilities and number four – we need to have ceasefire by all. We need to have a ceasefire. Their grievances are mostly local with vigilantes, not with the federal government and we need to open channels of communications and secure ceasefire and that’s what we are doing right now.“The next stage or medium-term, we need to have three R’s and one D. The first R is reconciliation and forgiveness all across the country. Fulanis have lived in peace with all people across the country and now they are fighting everybody everywhere they live. We need to have reconciliation and without it, nothing will work and that reconciliation is local and will not come from Abuja.”According to him, the second R is reparations, stating that many people have lost their lives and property and need to be compensated.He stated that the third R represents the need for rehabilitation, adding that various farmers have lost their farmlands and sources of livelihoods.He said the farmers needed to be rehabilitated and made to go back to their farms’ businesses and markets for genuine peace to prevail.Yusuf said repentant bandits needed to be rehabilitated as most of them were high on drugs and required special care and attention to restore them to normal lives.