Nigerian government deploys fact finding team to Zamfara

Mnena Iyorkegh, Abuja

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The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has concluded plans to send a team of researchers to Zamfara State, North West Nigeria, to ascertain the current causes and dynamics of conflicts in the state.

The Chairman Governing Council of the Institute, Senator Abba Aji, stated this in Abuja Nigeria’s capital.

Senator Aji, explained that the choice of Zamfara for the assessment was due to the crisis in that area that has no political or religious correlation.

Recently, Zamfara State and the other parts of Northern Nigeria have witnessed security challenges including bandits’ attacks and cattle rustling.

This prompted the Nigerian government to deploy armed Forces with a code named Operation SHARAN DAJI, to tackle the security challenges

The Chairman, Governing Council of the Institute, Senator Abba Aji, noted that some parts of the country have been confronted by different forms of conflicts resulting in huge humanitarian crisis.

He explained that is the responsibility of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution to intervene and restore peace: “Although financial constraints have greatly hampered Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution to intervene and restore peace’s abilities to operate at full capacity, the council now intends to take all necessary steps to deal with the situation in Zamfara State by first sending a fact finding technical committee. This committee will visit and meet with the state, local officials, victims, relevant agencies, groups and others stakeholders in order to obtain pertinent data that will enable the Institute to restore peace in Zamfara State.”

The Acting Director General, IPCR, Dr. Bakut T Bakut said that, the Institute was working out effective stakeholder engagement to fashion out ways of addressing the conflict across the countries. Our survey show that the citizens in most of the affected areas now live in fear and farming which is the major occupation of more than eight percent of the population has been literally abandoned.

He also said that the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution acknowledges that without peace there cannot be development, therefore for development to reach the nooks and crannies of the State, there must be an enabling environment which is a peaceful society, our findings will therefore try to reach all the agencies associated with security and border controls to enable our citizens enjoy the full benefit of the present government.

He added that the finding of the study would be properly communicated to the Nigerian government, Zamfara State and other stakeholders: “We are aware that the conflict is dynamics and entrepreneurs change along with the conflicts, we therefore shall be having stakeholders meeting at various levels of the state to re-energize early warning and response mechanism in the state.”

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution however urged the media to always put the nation’s interest first and to promote peaceful coexistence in their reportage.

The Institute is saddled with the responsibility to study, mitigate and give recommendation to government on any issues capable of disrupting the peace of the affected community.

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