Posted by News Express | 6 November 2016 | 3,689 times
Some 200 clerics in Nigeria’s northeast are being sensitised to neutralise terrorist ideologies being propagated by Boko Haram.
The Centre for Democracy and Development in partnership with United Nations Development Program with the sponsorship of Japanese government are handling the sensitisation programme.
In Yobe state, the Centre brought together sixty participants who were sensitised on how to cancel out the Boko Haram ideologies thereby paving ways for peaceful coexistence among people in respective of religious differences.
A collection of clerics was drawn from different faiths, beliefs and ideologies from across the state.
As clerics with huge followers, the workshop is aimed at training participants on how to counter violent extremism with the content of their various homilies.
Participants will undergo a two-day workshop on peaceful relations with different religion, acceptance of non-Islamic political authorities, among other several ways of harmonious coexistence.
The Programme officer of the Centre for Democracy and Development, Mr David Omoigiade, said that the centre would focus on neutralising the ideology of the terrorist group that may have been propagated in the northeast that has seen over six years of insurgency.
In Yobe State, the Centre carried out series of activities which include screening and assessment, sensitisation as well as training which were carried out in Dapchi, Buniyadi and Damaturu Local Government Areas.
Some of the participants at the session, Mohammed Bashir and Mohammed Atahiru, expressed confidence that the programme would enshrine a positive impact in the counter-insurgency process.
Apart from achieving harmonious coexistence among the people of the zone and the country as a whole, the workshop will further curtail violence extremism among the diverse people of the North East geopolitical zone of Nigeria.
The terrorist group, Boko Haram, has attacked many communities in northeast Nigeria in its over six years push for the establishment of an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the region.
However, heightened counter-terrorism operations of the Nigerian Armed forces and forces of countries in the Lake Chad Basin that begin early last year have decimated the terrorists.
The current situation of things requires that the ideology of the terrorists, which may have been transferred to residents of some communities they had taken hold of, should be neutralised by the clerics who have direct relationship with the residents.
•Photo shows Boko Haram terrorists.
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