Tinubu Unveils Comprehensive Plan to Combat Insecurity

President Bola Tinubu has announced a detailed roadmap to address the myriad security challenges facing Nigeria, incorporating both military and non-military strategies. The announcement was made during the opening of the Northwest Peace and Security Summit in Katsina, an event held in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program, the European Union, and the German Government.

The summit gathered governors, lawmakers, traditional rulers from the Northwest region, and heads of security and intelligence agencies to discuss innovative approaches to combating insecurity in the area.

Represented by Vice President Kashim Shettima, President Tinubu emphasized that the federal government’s non-military measures include police reforms, strengthening local policing efforts, fostering community dialogue and peacebuilding, and investing in youth empowerment. These initiatives are designed to complement ongoing security operations, which involve enhanced coordination among security agencies and the use of modern technology to combat insurgency, armed banditry, and other violent crimes.

Vice President Shettima also announced the launch of the ‘Pulako Resettlement Initiative,’ which aims to construct residences, roads, schools, clinics, and other essential infrastructure in areas devastated by insecurity. The first phase of this initiative will begin in Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger, and Benue states in the coming weeks, with an initial funding of N51 billion already secured. This program is expected to significantly aid in the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons, orphans, widows, and families who have lost their livelihoods due to communal conflicts.

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mohammed Mallick-Fall, highlighted that climate change and competition over scarce resources have exacerbated violent crimes and conflicts in the Northwest. He stressed that peacebuilding efforts should include providing alternative livelihoods for communities affected by these conflicts.

The summit marks a significant step towards creating sustainable peace and security in the Northwest region, with a comprehensive plan that addresses both immediate and long-term challenges.

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