The National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki, on Friday, expressed optimism of achieving a Boko Haram ceasefire before the Ramadan Fast.
While addressing security stakeholders meeting in Maiduguri, the new NSA explained that his visit was aimed at getting to the root of the Boko Haram insurgence in the North-East.
Borno State has become widely known as the hot-bed of the radical Islamist sect responsible for hundreds of terrorist attacks in the country that has killed and maimed thousands of citizens. Boko Haram has been fighting a low-level insurgency for more than two years and has become the main security threat in the country.
“Since efforts to tackle the insecurity situation in the North-East have failed, I thought the best thing is for me to visit and get first class information on the problem,” said Dasuki. “I believe that the best thing is to talk to elders and get their views on the way forward.
I cannot just sit in Abuja and decide on the situation here without getting to the bottom. I am, therefore, here to get your views and opinion on how we can tackle the security challenges in the North-East.”
He said that he had the mandate of President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the crisis ended in a few weeks. “The president mandated that I should work towards restoration of peace before the Ramadan Fast,” he said. “I believe that we can reach a sort of a ceasefire which will finally lead to the resolution of the crisis.”
- Daily Times