Former President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday deplored the growing terrorist attacks in the North-East and appealed to Nigerians to pray more for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reacting to yesterday’s suicide bombing of the Redeemed Church of God in Yobe State where five people were killed, Jonathan on his official Facebook page, deplored the killings by Boko Haram insurgents. The former president also appealed to Nigerians to support his successor.
He said: “The death of any Nigerian at the hands of terrorists is a sad reminder that the war on terror is a task for all Nigerians, not just the armed forces. I urge all Nigerians to continue to pray for peace in Nigeria and to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the government does its best to bring an end to these acts of terror and secure all Nigerians. May God bless Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, the United Nations, UN Development Programme, UNDP, has predicted the end of Boko Haram insurgency in North-East Nigeria very soon.
It advised Nigeria to prepare for the post-insurgency rebuilding of the North- East, destroyed by the terrorists.
UN Conflict Prevention and Peace Building analyst, Mr. Matthew Alao, told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN in an interview yesterday that Nigeria was in the last phase of insurgency in the North East.
Alao stated: “We are getting into the last phase of insurgency in the North East. There is need for everybody to put hands on deck to ensure that the post-conflict reconstruction, reconciliation and rehabilitation, are done inclusively.
He said efforts should be geared ensuring that the post-conflict reconstruction, reconciliation and re-integration, were done inclusively, particularly with regards to women.
Alao regretted that women were the worst-hit in the Boko Haram attacks, as many of them had lost their husbands and children.
“You will agree with me that women generally in this part of Nigeria (North East) may be excluded, maybe not deliberately, but culturally. They may be excluded from taking active part in the post-conflict phase; women need to be included in all aspects of the post-conflict phase of the insurgency. Be it socio-economic, infrastructure rebuilding, reconciliation, mediation, or any other programmes that either government or donors want to bring to the North East, women have to play critical role.
“I believe that the various state governments will include women in the decision-making, programme design and implementation. We, the development partners, will also ensure that in all aspects that we are intervening, women are carried along,” he said.

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