Insecurity in Nigeria – A Call for Urgent Collaborative Effort
Time of Release: Immediate
The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding on behalf of its 500 member organisations spread across the 15 member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) expresses deepest concern and apprehension at the growing insecurity in Nigeria that is heightened by the current terrorist activities of Boko Haram.
We have monitored an escalation of acts of terrorist attacks carried out by Boko Haram with new targets bringing to the fore a new dimension through its shift of attacks from security operatives and government institutions/facilities to the bombing and attack on places of worships, banks, businesses in the Northern part of Nigeria. Boko Haram has also spread its operations beyond the North Eastern axis to the North Central and North Western zones of Nigeria. Since the beginning of December, the group has exponentially increased its attacks and terrorism operations beyond Borno and Bauchi to Adamawa, Yobe, Niger and Gombe States with reported casualty figures of over a hundred persons dead and more than three hundred persons injured surpassing the number of recorded casualties in these areas between January and November of 2011. Understandably, this has raised a new level of anxiety and panic among Nigerians given the new wave of boldness and violence perpetuated by this sect in these areas with threats of spreading to other states in the North and the southern parts of Nigeria.
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