-Stakeholders meet on solution to Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria
YBTC News-Given the incessant insurgent menace in Nigeria, with recurrent attacks in the North-Eastern region of the country by the Boko Haram insurgent group, a one-day public lecture on “insecurity and emerging policy frontiers in Nigeria” was held on Monday 23rd of July, 2018 in Abuja.
The event which sought to identity and address issues on insecurity with reference to the Boko Haram insurgent group, proferred solutions, recommendations for effective policy formulation in Nigeria. The event organized by the Kukah Centre had in attendance many key players in the academic as well as Governmental sectors.
Speaking at the event, the Guest Speaker, Kassim Abdulbasit, a Ph.D. Student at Rice University, USA and Editor of the book entitled “The Boko Haram Reader: from Nigerian Preachers to the Islamic State”, identified Religious Persuasion, the disintegrated family structure common in the North-Eastern region, Politicization and the Nigerian economic structure amongst others as a major tool capitalized on by the Boko Haram insurgents in their recruitment process.
While stating that, the lack of Governmental presence in Nigeria which makes no provision in the system for those with theological educational background to fit into the society can only lead to rebellion on the part of the affected parties.
He also noted that, the Boko Haram insurgent group are clearly ideologically driven rather than ethnical.
The following recommendations were however highlighted at the end of the lecture: That identity management is critical to monitor the society, A public policy which maps out the demographic identity will go a long way in curbing crisis in the country, There should be effective monitoring of the in-flow and out-flow of religious education to checkmate compactibility with the Nigerian system, A policy that gives security of space to local clerics who struggle to challenge the Boko Haram narratives, More support and attention should be given to research and researchers instead of relying on foreign partners, Create opportunity for people who do not pass through the Western Education for them to have a place in the system, Adopting a more acceptable name for the Almajiri school to mitigate stereotype, More emphasis should be given to Adult education, amongst several others highlighted.
For historical relevance and interpretation, suggestions was made by participants in the lecture for the book “The Boko Haram Reader: from Nigerian Preachers to the Islamic State” to be adapted into a movie.
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