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A bipartisan approach is needed to fight Boko Haram

Source: pointblanknews.com

By: Senator Dr Bukola Saraki:
Once again, Nigerians faced further attacks in the northern part of the

country that has left over 43 school children dead. This is another great

loss of innocent lives at the hands Boko Haram in the Federal Government

College in Buni Yadi.
This month alone, we have lost more than 300 lives to the activities of

these militant attacks. As a father, I feel every condolence message that

is sent to grieving mothers, fathers or siblings on this wanton spate of

killings personally.
As with all insurgencies, fighting Boko Haram is not just for the military

to tackle. The success for Nigeria in fighting Boko Haram and terrorism in

general is largely dependent upon two other key issues: leadership and

political cooperation.
The first, leadership, lies squarely in the hands of the President.

President Jonathan says the situation will improve but this isn't

instilling confidence in the rest of his countrymen. He must now urgently

provide all the necessary resources allocated by our Government to help

ensure our nation's security. The President must also work together with

the Governors of the State to ensure a unified approach to combatting this

menace.
The second, political cooperation, is the responsibility of all

politicians. We all must understand our duties as elected representatives

of our people and cooperate politically to bridge region and religion. We

must also appeal to the Governors of
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, to all leaders from the region and to all

opposition leaders to cooperate with federal Government. We have to fully

support the military and provide all funds required by the security

agencies.
This must be a priority for both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

I believe that with the continued attacks in northern Nigeria, the support

from each and every Nigerian is vitally important for combating violent

extremism.
Nigeria will soon be approaching a Presidential election period but in my

humble opinion the fight to protect people should be prioritised over

domestic politics. Disputes between the central Government and local

Governors will not help the already desperate situation.

As the scale of the problem in northern Nigeria is only just being

grasped, we should welcome the offers of support and expertise for outside

of Nigeria. The
United States and other international partners have pledged support and

assistance, but this will only work if we are unified. For the sake of the

innocent lives our political resolve must be as strong as the military

option.
The demands of Boko Haram can never be met because Nigeria is a

multicultural, open and welcoming country. The military can fight them but

defeating them will take more than guns and bombs. Success will only

happen when every leader, Governor, Senator and the President sit together

and combine their political will to put an end to these senseless

killings.


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