As Boko Haram activities continued unabated, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has raised concern about the serious humanitarian situation caused by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
By Idriss Aminu
During the 680th PSC meeting on the Operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) against Boko Haram terrorist group on Friday 21 April 2017, the Council strongly condemned the continued attacks by the group against innocent civilians and the recruitment of vulnerable youth and human rights abuses, as well as sexual violence against women and girls, and strongly warned the perpetrators of such abuses and violence that they shall be held accountable for their actions.
The Nigerian army over the weekend foiled another onslaught of innocent people.
According to NAIJ, the army spokesperson of the 28 Task Force Brigade, Mubi, Akinloye Badare, three Chadian Boko Haram fighters were arrested between Borno and Adamawa states’ border.
Badare said the troops foiled the attacks of the insurgents on Madagali town in Adamawa; and Limankara village in Borno state.
The Council also welcomed the pledges made at the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region, and underscored the urgent need for both, honoring and swift disbursement of those pledges, with a view to alleviating the current humanitarian crisis in the region.
The Council underlined the importance of addressing the root causes of the Boko Haram insurgency and, in the longer term, of supplementing military action with development projects, which focus, among other, on socio-economic development of the communities liberated from the Boko Haram terrorist group, with a view to depriving the terrorist group of support and recruitment grounds.
Council also underlined the need for adequate resources to facilitate the socio-economic rehabilitation of Boko Haram combatants who are defecting from the terrorist group.