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Boko Haram: Nigerians in Diaspora express concerns over plot to embark on non-diplomatic regional collaboration with Chad

Boko Haram: Nigerians in Diaspora express concerns over plot to embark on non-diplomatic regional collaboration with Chad

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The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe (ANPE) has warned against any meditated non-diplomatic regional alliance with the Republic of Chad capable of thwarting progress in the fight against terrorism.

ANPE made this disclosure at the end of its plenary on Tuesday after critically examining the country's efforts in the war against terrorism and insurgency. 

In a communique signed by President, Dr. Agwu Onyeke and representatives drawn from 13 other countries, the Nigerian professionals were particularly critical of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State over a pact with Chadian soldiers.

While recommending an efficient regional collaboration to defeat Boko Haram terrorists, ANPE added that it isn't the role of Zulum or any other state governor to champion such negotiations.

The group, therefore, called on the international  community to strongly condemn Zulum's  actions to jeopardise his country's sovereignty  and suggested a thorough probe by Nigerian authorities.

ANPE, however, urged the Federal Government to engage its neighbours on fresh terms, especially as it is unaware of Zulum's terms of negotiation with the Central African nation.


Read full communique  below:

INTRODUCTION

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe (ANPE) met to review Nigeria’s efforts in combating terrorism and insurgency in the country at a session that was well attended by members from across the countries of Europe.

The issues raised centered on the multinational efforts at combating the menace of terrorism.

OBSERVATIONS

The meeting of ANPE members, following extensive deliberations, noted as follow:

There is an urgent need for non-compromising  regional efforts in confronting the menace of Boko Haram/ISWAP in the Lake Chad Basin. Existing efforts will have to be reset such that fresh commitments are secured from Chad, Niger and Cameroon to not act against the interest of Nigeria even when rebel politicians approach them to sabotage Nigeria’s interest.

The scramble for crude oil and other mineral  resources in the Lake Chad Basin remains a driving force for the Boko Haram and ISWAP insurgency, which should be a source of concerns to Nigeria’s neighbours since any instability that persists in Nigeria will ultimately wipe out these neighbouring countries. These countries have not been helping themselves as they continue to collaborate with rogue politicians from Nigeria that have criminal intention of redrawing the map of the West African sub-region.

Proliferation of arms across Nigeria's arising  from borders that have been made porous through sabotage and poor cooperation from neighboring countries. Because these countries are not doing enough to stem illegal arms flow, weapons provided by ISIS in the Middle East simply cross the Mediterranean and the Libyan desert to subsequently cross these countries for terrorists to use against Nigeria. Military hardware and state of the art surveillance drones are also in possession of the terrorists because certain countries allow their territories to be used for airdrops.

Covert and overt terrorists’ financing by the French government, colonial power over Nigeria’s neighbours, towards promoting its interest ahead of Nigeria's stability. The financial muscle provided to terrorists by such third party nations has been the major source of sustenance for their destructive activities.

Time is running out for Nigeria to take firm actions against the terrorists and nations that support them to thrive. Such actions should be taken with focus on the well-being of Nigerians that must be prioritize over supranational treaties.

The urgency to deal with Nigeria’s terrorism problem has become more pressing with the discovery that governors, like Borno state’s Professor Babagana Zulum, are interfacing with sovereign nations in a manner that portray their states as sovereignties that can enter into bilateral relations.

RECOMMENDATIONS

In response to the issues raised and following from deliberations, the ANPE recommended as follows:

States and Governors in Nigeria should desist from entering alliances that are capable of jeopardizing the ongoing war by the Federal government of Nigeria.  Such engagement are prone to creating conflicting loyalties in the part of the countries that are being courted by these governors.

Nigerians, Nigeria and international partners should strongly condemn in its totality the attempts by the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum to recruit Chadian Forces to fight on Nigerian soil. There should be an investigation into what other aliens the governor has recruited to act as proxies on Nigeria’s soil.

The Federal Government of Nigeria should engage the country’s neighbours on fresh terms. The support that Nigeria extend to these nation should be suspended until such a time that they can show that they have stopped sabotaging the country’s interests, including cessation of interaction with rogue politicians from Nigeria.

The Federal Government of Nigeria should build international support to evolve a framework that will designate any country operating against its interest in the Lake Chad Basin as a terrorist nation that should be sanctioned.

Countries that provide arms to terrorists as part of their own geo-strategic interest should be prevailed upon to be considerate of Nigeria’s long term stability.

CONCLUSION

ANPE appreciates the enormous sacrifices being made by the Nigerian government in the war against insurgency and will continue to support every effort towards ensuring that Nigeria wins the war and the civilian population is protected from threats to humanity.
By News Proof

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe (ANPE) has warned against any meditated non-diplomatic regional alliance with the Republic of Chad capable of thwarting progress in the fight against terrorism.

ANPE made this disclosure at the end of its plenary on Tuesday after critically examining the country's efforts in the war against terrorism and insurgency. 

In a communique signed by President, Dr. Agwu Onyeke and representatives drawn from 13 other countries, the Nigerian professionals were particularly critical of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State over a pact with Chadian soldiers.

While recommending an efficient regional collaboration to defeat Boko Haram terrorists, ANPE added that it isn't the role of Zulum or any other state governor to champion such negotiations.

The group, therefore, called on the international  community to strongly condemn Zulum's  actions to jeopardise his country's sovereignty  and suggested a thorough probe by Nigerian authorities.

ANPE, however, urged the Federal Government to engage its neighbours on fresh terms, especially as it is unaware of Zulum's terms of negotiation with the Central African nation.


Read full communique  below:

INTRODUCTION

The Association of Nigerian Professionals in Europe (ANPE) met to review Nigeria’s efforts in combating terrorism and insurgency in the country at a session that was well attended by members from across the countries of Europe.

The issues raised centered on the multinational efforts at combating the menace of terrorism.

OBSERVATIONS

The meeting of ANPE members, following extensive deliberations, noted as follow:

There is an urgent need for non-compromising  regional efforts in confronting the menace of Boko Haram/ISWAP in the Lake Chad Basin. Existing efforts will have to be reset such that fresh commitments are secured from Chad, Niger and Cameroon to not act against the interest of Nigeria even when rebel politicians approach them to sabotage Nigeria’s interest.

The scramble for crude oil and other mineral  resources in the Lake Chad Basin remains a driving force for the Boko Haram and ISWAP insurgency, which should be a source of concerns to Nigeria’s neighbours since any instability that persists in Nigeria will ultimately wipe out these neighbouring countries. These countries have not been helping themselves as they continue to collaborate with rogue politicians from Nigeria that have criminal intention of redrawing the map of the West African sub-region.

Proliferation of arms across Nigeria's arising  from borders that have been made porous through sabotage and poor cooperation from neighboring countries. Because these countries are not doing enough to stem illegal arms flow, weapons provided by ISIS in the Middle East simply cross the Mediterranean and the Libyan desert to subsequently cross these countries for terrorists to use against Nigeria. Military hardware and state of the art surveillance drones are also in possession of the terrorists because certain countries allow their territories to be used for airdrops.

Covert and overt terrorists’ financing by the French government, colonial power over Nigeria’s neighbours, towards promoting its interest ahead of Nigeria's stability. The financial muscle provided to terrorists by such third party nations has been the major source of sustenance for their destructive activities.

Time is running out for Nigeria to take firm actions against the terrorists and nations that support them to thrive. Such actions should be taken with focus on the well-being of Nigerians that must be prioritize over supranational treaties.

The urgency to deal with Nigeria’s terrorism problem has become more pressing with the discovery that governors, like Borno state’s Professor Babagana Zulum, are interfacing with sovereign nations in a manner that portray their states as sovereignties that can enter into bilateral relations.

RECOMMENDATIONS

In response to the issues raised and following from deliberations, the ANPE recommended as follows:

States and Governors in Nigeria should desist from entering alliances that are capable of jeopardizing the ongoing war by the Federal government of Nigeria.  Such engagement are prone to creating conflicting loyalties in the part of the countries that are being courted by these governors.

Nigerians, Nigeria and international partners should strongly condemn in its totality the attempts by the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum to recruit Chadian Forces to fight on Nigerian soil. There should be an investigation into what other aliens the governor has recruited to act as proxies on Nigeria’s soil.

The Federal Government of Nigeria should engage the country’s neighbours on fresh terms. The support that Nigeria extend to these nation should be suspended until such a time that they can show that they have stopped sabotaging the country’s interests, including cessation of interaction with rogue politicians from Nigeria.

The Federal Government of Nigeria should build international support to evolve a framework that will designate any country operating against its interest in the Lake Chad Basin as a terrorist nation that should be sanctioned.

Countries that provide arms to terrorists as part of their own geo-strategic interest should be prevailed upon to be considerate of Nigeria’s long term stability.

CONCLUSION

ANPE appreciates the enormous sacrifices being made by the Nigerian government in the war against insurgency and will continue to support every effort towards ensuring that Nigeria wins the war and the civilian population is protected from threats to humanity.

Ex-Boko Haram fighters: Human rights group debunks recruitment allegation against military as falsehood

Ex-Boko Haram fighters: Human rights group debunks recruitment allegation against military as falsehood

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The Coalition for Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria (CHRMGN) has rubbished speculation that the Nigerian military recruited repentant Boko Haram terrorists into its fold.

The human rights group made the disclosure in a special report after embarking on a thorough investigation of the military's recruitment process since 2015.

In the report signed by Helen Adeshina and Bitrus Hosea Damut,  CHRMGN said 250 repentant Boko Haram fighters enrolled for the de-radicalization programme and were reabsorbed into their communities and not the military.

It further disclosed that 30 of the repentant Boko Haram fighters are fully engaged in religious activities aimed at discouraging the youths from going into crime and terrorist activities.

According to the group, the military's recruitment process is transparent and devoid of interference from any quarters and as such there isn't any room for ex-Boko Haram members.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups, however, urged the military to begin the process of informing the general public of its recruitment process.

Read full report below:

Introduction:

There have been concerns that Boko Haram terrorists, who surrendered to troops and undergone de-radicalization programmes organized by the Nigerian Military, were allegedly being absorbed into the Military. Some media reports have also alleged that the Military was recycling insurgency by the alleged recruitment.

The Nigerian Military had stated that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration programme is a federal government programme conducted under the auspices of Operation Safe Corridor as a non- kinetic operation.

It further stated that the de-radicalization model is therefore not new in the global community, as such a model exists in Algeria, Colombia, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, where persons involved in violent extremism have been de-radicalized and rehabilitated and that the process is, therefore, an internationally accepted practice.

These allegations were indeed weighty and it necessitated a comprehensive scrutiny in the light of the prevailing circumstances.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups consequently commissioned an investigative report to look into the allegations to put issues in proper perspective for the members of the unsuspecting general public in light of national interest.

Research Methodology:

This research work relied on primary and secondary sources of data collection that involves oral interviews, distribution of structured and unstructured interviews, review of operational manuals and records, and the scrutiny of military records.

The Issues:

A cross-section of Nigerians have accused the Nigerian Military of carrying out a recruitment drive that favours a particular part of the country and regarding ex-Boko Haram militants into the Nigerian Military.

The Nigerian Military have debunked such allegations stating that its recruitment process is devoid of emphasis on ethnic or religious affiliations and that there has never been a time where ex-Boko Haram militants were given the opportunity of becoming soldiers into the Nigerian Military.

Findings:

The Coalition for Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria undertook research that involved the scrutiny of the recruitments into the Nigerian Military from 2015 to date and came up with the following findings:

In the course of the investigative reports, the commissioned team took an inventory of the number of ex-Boko Haram members that submitted to the de-radicalization programme and realized that about 250 repentant Boko Haram fighters that enrolled for the de-radicalization programme have been reabsorbed into their communities and not the Nigerian Military as been speculated in certain quarters.

A total number of 220 repentant Boko Haram members were identified in the various communities that span through North-East Nigeria, and it can be stated that they are indeed engaged in productive ventures such as farming, fishing, tailoring, shoemaking, and vigilante services in their various communities.

The team of researchers identified that about 30 of the repentant Boko Haram fighters are fully engaged in religious activities aimed at discouraging the youths from going into crime and terrorist activities.

The team of researchers also scrutinized the various recruitments that have been carried out by the Nigerian Military and found out that from available records, there has been an emphasis on Federal Character system that entails the even spread of recruits into the Nigerian Military from 2015 to date.

This fact was buttressed by the fact that some of the requirements for enlistment into the Nigerian are that such candidate must not be an ex-convict, must be of sound mind, and must not have been engaged in acts the undermines National Security in Nigeria, in addition, to have attained some level of educational qualification.

It was also discovered that the enlistment process into the Nigerian Military is subject to several layers of security screenings by security agencies, including the profiling of nuclear and extended family members of the applicants by different independent committees as a way of ensuring that people with questionable characters and history are screened out.

The recruitment into the Nigerian Military is based on merit, and certificates tendered are subjected to verification by the West African Examinations Council and other certificate awarding institutions.

The recruitment process into the Nigerian Military is advertised, and applicants are required to register and are issued with identification numbers that they would use throughout the recruitment process in a bid to stem any fraudulent practice.

Conclusion:

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups, having extensively scrutinized the recruitments into the Nigerian Military from 2015 to date, concludes that the process has been transparent and devoid of interference from any quarters.

It was also realized the no ex-Boko Haram members had been recruited into the Nigerian Military as no records are backing the allegations.

The Nigerian Army and other arms of the armed forces have carried out its recruitment in the most transparent manner in line with both Federal Character Principles and due diligence to meet with the best international standard.

Recommendations:

The Coalition for Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria as a result of the investigative research work makes the following recommendations:

That the leadership of the Nigerian Military must begin the process of informing the general public of its recruitment process.

That the leadership of the Nigerian Military should begin a sensitization programme in the media to educate members of the general public of its recruitment process in a bid to discourage rumors peddling by mischievous individuals and organizations.
By News Proof

The Coalition for Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria (CHRMGN) has rubbished speculation that the Nigerian military recruited repentant Boko Haram terrorists into its fold.

The human rights group made the disclosure in a special report after embarking on a thorough investigation of the military's recruitment process since 2015.

In the report signed by Helen Adeshina and Bitrus Hosea Damut,  CHRMGN said 250 repentant Boko Haram fighters enrolled for the de-radicalization programme and were reabsorbed into their communities and not the military.

It further disclosed that 30 of the repentant Boko Haram fighters are fully engaged in religious activities aimed at discouraging the youths from going into crime and terrorist activities.

According to the group, the military's recruitment process is transparent and devoid of interference from any quarters and as such there isn't any room for ex-Boko Haram members.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups, however, urged the military to begin the process of informing the general public of its recruitment process.

Read full report below:

Introduction:

There have been concerns that Boko Haram terrorists, who surrendered to troops and undergone de-radicalization programmes organized by the Nigerian Military, were allegedly being absorbed into the Military. Some media reports have also alleged that the Military was recycling insurgency by the alleged recruitment.

The Nigerian Military had stated that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration programme is a federal government programme conducted under the auspices of Operation Safe Corridor as a non- kinetic operation.

It further stated that the de-radicalization model is therefore not new in the global community, as such a model exists in Algeria, Colombia, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, where persons involved in violent extremism have been de-radicalized and rehabilitated and that the process is, therefore, an internationally accepted practice.

These allegations were indeed weighty and it necessitated a comprehensive scrutiny in the light of the prevailing circumstances.

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups consequently commissioned an investigative report to look into the allegations to put issues in proper perspective for the members of the unsuspecting general public in light of national interest.

Research Methodology:

This research work relied on primary and secondary sources of data collection that involves oral interviews, distribution of structured and unstructured interviews, review of operational manuals and records, and the scrutiny of military records.

The Issues:

A cross-section of Nigerians have accused the Nigerian Military of carrying out a recruitment drive that favours a particular part of the country and regarding ex-Boko Haram militants into the Nigerian Military.

The Nigerian Military have debunked such allegations stating that its recruitment process is devoid of emphasis on ethnic or religious affiliations and that there has never been a time where ex-Boko Haram militants were given the opportunity of becoming soldiers into the Nigerian Military.

Findings:

The Coalition for Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria undertook research that involved the scrutiny of the recruitments into the Nigerian Military from 2015 to date and came up with the following findings:

In the course of the investigative reports, the commissioned team took an inventory of the number of ex-Boko Haram members that submitted to the de-radicalization programme and realized that about 250 repentant Boko Haram fighters that enrolled for the de-radicalization programme have been reabsorbed into their communities and not the Nigerian Military as been speculated in certain quarters.

A total number of 220 repentant Boko Haram members were identified in the various communities that span through North-East Nigeria, and it can be stated that they are indeed engaged in productive ventures such as farming, fishing, tailoring, shoemaking, and vigilante services in their various communities.

The team of researchers identified that about 30 of the repentant Boko Haram fighters are fully engaged in religious activities aimed at discouraging the youths from going into crime and terrorist activities.

The team of researchers also scrutinized the various recruitments that have been carried out by the Nigerian Military and found out that from available records, there has been an emphasis on Federal Character system that entails the even spread of recruits into the Nigerian Military from 2015 to date.

This fact was buttressed by the fact that some of the requirements for enlistment into the Nigerian are that such candidate must not be an ex-convict, must be of sound mind, and must not have been engaged in acts the undermines National Security in Nigeria, in addition, to have attained some level of educational qualification.

It was also discovered that the enlistment process into the Nigerian Military is subject to several layers of security screenings by security agencies, including the profiling of nuclear and extended family members of the applicants by different independent committees as a way of ensuring that people with questionable characters and history are screened out.

The recruitment into the Nigerian Military is based on merit, and certificates tendered are subjected to verification by the West African Examinations Council and other certificate awarding institutions.

The recruitment process into the Nigerian Military is advertised, and applicants are required to register and are issued with identification numbers that they would use throughout the recruitment process in a bid to stem any fraudulent practice.

Conclusion:

The Coalition of Human Rights Monitoring Groups, having extensively scrutinized the recruitments into the Nigerian Military from 2015 to date, concludes that the process has been transparent and devoid of interference from any quarters.

It was also realized the no ex-Boko Haram members had been recruited into the Nigerian Military as no records are backing the allegations.

The Nigerian Army and other arms of the armed forces have carried out its recruitment in the most transparent manner in line with both Federal Character Principles and due diligence to meet with the best international standard.

Recommendations:

The Coalition for Human Rights Monitoring Groups in Nigeria as a result of the investigative research work makes the following recommendations:

That the leadership of the Nigerian Military must begin the process of informing the general public of its recruitment process.

That the leadership of the Nigerian Military should begin a sensitization programme in the media to educate members of the general public of its recruitment process in a bid to discourage rumors peddling by mischievous individuals and organizations.

War Against Insurgency: Engaging controversial Chadian troops will be counterproductive – CALSER

War Against Insurgency: Engaging controversial Chadian troops will be counterproductive – CALSER

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The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has warned Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State and other state governors against engaging Chadian soldiers to help fight insurgency as it would be counterproductive.

CALSER's counsel trails Gov. Zulum's visit to N'Djamena, capital of the Central African nation in January, where he met with Multinational Joint Task Force to discuss security-related issues in Borno.

Reports followed that the governor had finalised plans to employ the services of Chadian troops and CALSER believes the move would be counterproductive.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, President, Princess Ajibola, revealed that Chad, like other Francophone neighbours, haven't demonstrated genuineness of purpose in the war against insurgency.

According to the group, Chad has now become a safe haven for fleeing Boko Haram insurgents when they come under heavy bombardment from the Nigerian troops.

CALSER, therefore, advised Zulum and others pondering following his lead to desist from undertaking actions and commitments that are capable of breaching National Security in Nigeria.

Read full statement below:

The leadership of the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights welcomes you all to this press conference conveyed in furtherance of the objective of ensuring that the peace, progress, and unity of Nigeria is preserved for this generation and indeed the future generations of our great country.

We are unrelenting in this pursuit of national interest that has seen the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights advancing causes that would protect and preserve our nascent democracy over the years through our vibrant advocacies that have in time past yielded the desired result in the overall interest of the country.

Consequently, the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights wishes to use this medium to call on the governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, to ensure that his actions and inactions as governor of the state are geared towards the restoration of peace in Borno State and its environs.

This became necessary in the light of some of the actions embarked upon by the governor in his quest to bring about peace in Borno State. While this is indeed commendable, it must be stated in unequivocal terms that such actions must be in the best interest of the country and, in conjunction with the security agencies, as anything short of this would be unacceptable and rejected in its entirety.

It must be stated that the war against the Boko Haram terrorism has been indeed onerous, and the consequences of such cannot be overemphasized in the lives of the people of North-East Nigeria. As such, this call for great reflection in our conduct as national interest should and must always supersede personal interest.

It is indeed common knowledge that the governor of Borno State has been hobnobbing with some neighboring countries under the guise of finding a lasting solution to the Boko Haram menace in Borno state and its environs.

However, it must be known that Francophone countries indeed surround Nigeria, and France and her allies in Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria have not demonstrated a genuineness of purpose as far as the war against insurgency is concerned.

This is on the heels that it is also a known fact that the Boko Haram/ISWAP groups have found these countries as safe havens when they come under heavy bombardment from the Nigerian troops. From there, they regroup and launch offensives against Nigeria.

This is also cognizant of the fact that there is a French military base stationed in Ndjamena, the capital of Chad. Yet, the activities of Boko Haram thrive with the unhindered supplies of arms and ammunition and other logistics aiding their nefarious activities.

The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights have, in times past, brought this despicable act to the public knowledge with undisputed facts and therefore sees no moral justification in the actions of the governor of Borno State in hobnobbing with those that are not interested in the unity of Nigeria.

We consequently wish to state that the governor of Borno State must be guided in this regard and desist from undertaking actions and commitments that are capable of breaching National Security in Nigeria.

He must realize that, indeed, Nigeria faces a threat to its sovereignty from unlikely places. As such, he must do all within his mandate to be a partner of progress and not a clog in the wheel of progress.

We must indeed enlighten him that whereas France continues to hold seminars and workshops on how to tackle terrorism, the terrorists continue to use French weapons to kill innocent Nigerian citizens. These despicable actions must not be allowed to thrive if we are indeed desirous of bringing to an end the Boko Haram menace in North-East Nigeria.

The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights wishes to use this medium to advise other state governors to desist from acts that would undermine National Security. They must, as a matter of urgency, begin to retrace their steps, the interest of peace and tranquility.

They must indeed know that posterity would not be kind to them should they allow themselves to be used by agents of the destabilization of Nigeria in their inglorious objective of entrenching violence and bloodletting in Nigeria.

Their actions and inactions must be geared towards the interest of Nigeria and not otherwise in the prevailing circumstance that requires all hands to be on deck towards making Nigeria the country of our dreams.

The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights would not hesitate to name and shame these governors if that would bring about patriotism and the peace and unity of Nigeria.

It is our considered opinion that those elected to govern do so with absolute sincerity and the fear of God.

The leadership of the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights thanks you all for finding time to attend this press conference despite your busy schedules and wishes to state that the peace and unity of Nigeria must be our cardinal objective.

Thank you all and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
By News Proof

The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has warned Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State and other state governors against engaging Chadian soldiers to help fight insurgency as it would be counterproductive.

CALSER's counsel trails Gov. Zulum's visit to N'Djamena, capital of the Central African nation in January, where he met with Multinational Joint Task Force to discuss security-related issues in Borno.

Reports followed that the governor had finalised plans to employ the services of Chadian troops and CALSER believes the move would be counterproductive.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, President, Princess Ajibola, revealed that Chad, like other Francophone neighbours, haven't demonstrated genuineness of purpose in the war against insurgency.

According to the group, Chad has now become a safe haven for fleeing Boko Haram insurgents when they come under heavy bombardment from the Nigerian troops.

CALSER, therefore, advised Zulum and others pondering following his lead to desist from undertaking actions and commitments that are capable of breaching National Security in Nigeria.

Read full statement below:

The leadership of the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights welcomes you all to this press conference conveyed in furtherance of the objective of ensuring that the peace, progress, and unity of Nigeria is preserved for this generation and indeed the future generations of our great country.

We are unrelenting in this pursuit of national interest that has seen the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights advancing causes that would protect and preserve our nascent democracy over the years through our vibrant advocacies that have in time past yielded the desired result in the overall interest of the country.

Consequently, the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights wishes to use this medium to call on the governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, to ensure that his actions and inactions as governor of the state are geared towards the restoration of peace in Borno State and its environs.

This became necessary in the light of some of the actions embarked upon by the governor in his quest to bring about peace in Borno State. While this is indeed commendable, it must be stated in unequivocal terms that such actions must be in the best interest of the country and, in conjunction with the security agencies, as anything short of this would be unacceptable and rejected in its entirety.

It must be stated that the war against the Boko Haram terrorism has been indeed onerous, and the consequences of such cannot be overemphasized in the lives of the people of North-East Nigeria. As such, this call for great reflection in our conduct as national interest should and must always supersede personal interest.

It is indeed common knowledge that the governor of Borno State has been hobnobbing with some neighboring countries under the guise of finding a lasting solution to the Boko Haram menace in Borno state and its environs.

However, it must be known that Francophone countries indeed surround Nigeria, and France and her allies in Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria have not demonstrated a genuineness of purpose as far as the war against insurgency is concerned.

This is on the heels that it is also a known fact that the Boko Haram/ISWAP groups have found these countries as safe havens when they come under heavy bombardment from the Nigerian troops. From there, they regroup and launch offensives against Nigeria.

This is also cognizant of the fact that there is a French military base stationed in Ndjamena, the capital of Chad. Yet, the activities of Boko Haram thrive with the unhindered supplies of arms and ammunition and other logistics aiding their nefarious activities.

The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights have, in times past, brought this despicable act to the public knowledge with undisputed facts and therefore sees no moral justification in the actions of the governor of Borno State in hobnobbing with those that are not interested in the unity of Nigeria.

We consequently wish to state that the governor of Borno State must be guided in this regard and desist from undertaking actions and commitments that are capable of breaching National Security in Nigeria.

He must realize that, indeed, Nigeria faces a threat to its sovereignty from unlikely places. As such, he must do all within his mandate to be a partner of progress and not a clog in the wheel of progress.

We must indeed enlighten him that whereas France continues to hold seminars and workshops on how to tackle terrorism, the terrorists continue to use French weapons to kill innocent Nigerian citizens. These despicable actions must not be allowed to thrive if we are indeed desirous of bringing to an end the Boko Haram menace in North-East Nigeria.

The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights wishes to use this medium to advise other state governors to desist from acts that would undermine National Security. They must, as a matter of urgency, begin to retrace their steps, the interest of peace and tranquility.

They must indeed know that posterity would not be kind to them should they allow themselves to be used by agents of the destabilization of Nigeria in their inglorious objective of entrenching violence and bloodletting in Nigeria.

Their actions and inactions must be geared towards the interest of Nigeria and not otherwise in the prevailing circumstance that requires all hands to be on deck towards making Nigeria the country of our dreams.

The Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights would not hesitate to name and shame these governors if that would bring about patriotism and the peace and unity of Nigeria.

It is our considered opinion that those elected to govern do so with absolute sincerity and the fear of God.

The leadership of the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights thanks you all for finding time to attend this press conference despite your busy schedules and wishes to state that the peace and unity of Nigeria must be our cardinal objective.

Thank you all and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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