The United Nations (UN) has resolved to assist the Federal Government crush all manner of insurgency in the country, including Boko Haram.
Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Africa’s Representative in the United Nations, said last week that the world body was ready to train and provide a special military outfit to combat Boko Haram and any other violent group in the country.
Speaking during a visit to the Minister of Interior, Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau in Abuja, Chambas assured Nigeria of UN’s full solidarity and support in the fight against insurgency.
He said: “UN has always appreciated the intrinsic link between peace and security on one hand and socio-economic development on the other. Where there is no peace and security and people cannot go about freely, it is difficult to achieve sustained or sustenable goal and development.”
“On the other hand, we also know that countries which stagnate economically and not able to provide for the basic requirements of their people, are also prone to insecurity and civil disturbance. So, this intrinsic link has always been very clear to us. We always seek to work with ministries in charge of maintenance of law and order towards ensuring peace and security, in this particular case, Ministry of Interior. But by and large, we believe that in most countries, the nerve centre for ensuring the Rule of Law, and Law and Order, is the Ministry of Interior.”
“Nigeria has always had a special case in Africa, our sub-region and indeed, the UN, as a member of the Security Council. The Military, Police, Immigration, prisons, among others, have had opportunities to serve the international community and in particular, the UN, in various missions around the world. It is a relationship we cherish very much.”
He continued: “We want to be in full solidarity and support of Nigeria at this particular time as it fights a vicious terrorist war against the group who has known no scruples to the extent they will extend their inhuman barbaric acts.”
“The whole world in the last few days, have witnessed the extent of international terrorism when Paris was hit. Inspite of all capabilities that a country like France assume, it has put not enough to stop terrorism. This is a big fight and terrorism is an international war.”
“I want to tell Nigeria that in that regard, the UN will fully mobilise and continue to support the efforts of Nigeria to fight Boko Haram terrorists and any other form of renegade behaviour that is likely to threaten peace and security of Nigerian citizens.”
“We know the efforts that have been deployed in this fight and will like to continue to work with various law enforcement agencies and see what possibilities are there for co-operation, particularly in the area of training and counter-terrorism.”
Responding, Gen. Dambazzau commended Chambas for the visit, saying: “We have security challenges. When we talk of security, it is not just in the traditional sense. The security we are reffering to is all encompassing human security.”
“I have to also admit that without peace, there can never be development. Likewise, if there is no development, there can never be peace. These two concepts are like Siamese twins not only sharing the body but also the organs of the body. What it means is that peace and development must co-exist.”
“The responsibility of maintaining law and order is squarely on the shoulders of the agencies of this ministry. The military has the responsibility of defending the sovereignty of this country mainly against external aggression. But anything that has to do with the internal is our responsibility. We must take the issue of law and order very serious.”
The issue of international crime is the responsibility of the Immigration Service and Customs. If they can secure our borders, then, we will not be having nightmares of arms proliferation, drug and human trafficking. This is precisely what has been happening across the borders. The fact that there are cultural affirnities among peoples at the border makes it even more challenging to us. But I believe that we must be up and doing,” he concluded.