By Babajide Okeowo
The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi has disclosed that the Federal Government is working hard to restore stability in the country.
He made this disclosure at the National Defence College in Abuja during a summit on the terrorism and insurgency ravaging the northeastern part of the country.
After declaring the summit open, Magashi assured that the current government is working hard to restore stability in the country, and will continue to explore all possible approaches to making that possible.
On his part, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor said the summit aims at promoting the buy-in of all stakeholders and creating more awareness on the use of kinetic operations among other factors.
Recall that Nigeria has been battling insurgency for over a decade which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the northeast.
The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.
On March 1, jihadist fighters burnt down a United Nations humanitarian compound in the town of Dikwa after dislodging troops, killing six civilians.
Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon, and Niger Republic, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.
It assumed a worrisome level in recent times with many schools in the north coming under the attack of bandits who kidnapped several students from dozens of schools.