The Chairman of the North East Development Commission, Maj.-Gen. Paul Tarfa (Rtd) has called on the stakeholders to up their games and be fearless in addressing the security challenge in the Northeast.
Tarfa made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at a roundtable review of the Northeast peace building initiative in Nigeria orgainsed by the Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR).
He was represented at the meeting by a Federal Commissioner representing the North East in the Commission, Chief Sabo Kente.
Tarfa said that there was need to fearlessly confront vested interests that took advantage of war and crisis in the area.
The Chairman said that the North East crisis still posed the most potent existential threat to the country which if not well managed with the right political will not achieve positive results.
“As the stakeholders in the adventure of the development of mankind we must be courageous if we honestly want to save lives, stabilise the situation, rebuild lives and communities for the future.
“Then we must courageously interrogate our conscience, re-examine our character and evaluate the integrity of our intentions.
“We must be fearless in confronting vested interests who are profiteers and merchants of war, chaos and crisis.
“We must re-calibrate our principles to be consistent with the fundamental values that uphold the dignity of humanity,” he said.
According to him, as stakeholders in National and international development for the advancement of the course of humanity there is need to discourage those who dubiously seek to exploit the vulnerable.
“We must be principled toward deconstructing and confronting clandestine atrocious intentions of some development actors who dubiously seek to always exploit the weak and vulnerable for selfish gains,” he said.
The Director-General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Prof. Bakut T. Bakut, said that Boko Haram activities had caused many security challenges in the Northeast.
According to him, there is therefore need to engage multilateral peace-building efforts to combat radicalisation, ethno-religious tendencies to help the Northeast Development Commission achieve its objectives.
Bakut said that restoration of peace in the Northeast would continue to remain a condition for peace in every part of the country.
He said that IPCR had array of very experienced researchers ready to put in their best for the recovery of peace in the Northeast and Nigeria at large.
Edited by Donald Ugwu