By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja
The Global Amnesty Watch (GAW), yesterday said that Biu, a local government in Bornu State, a former stronghold of Boko Haram terrorist have witness a new lease of life in the last five years.
The Amnesty applauds President Muhammad Buhari and Biu Emirate on their contribution to the return of peace in most parts of Borno State.
The group insisted that the combined efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Biu Emirate is responsible for the relative peace and tranquillity being enjoyed in most parts of Borno State.
The GAW said it came to this conclusion after embarking on an assessment tour of the state together with civil society groups and non-governmental organisations.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday in Biu, GAW’s team leader, Terrence Kuanum said the group has noted with satisfaction the efforts of the President Buhari-led administration in restoring security to the country particularly the northeast and undertook the trip to various states to engage stakeholders and civil society groups on the need for sustainable peace in the country.
Whilst applauding the Biu Emirate in Borno for its contribution to peace and timely end to the Boko Haram crisis, Mr Kuanum said the GAW and other CSOs are impressed with the speed of development taking place in the various towns, villages and chiefdoms that make up the Biu Emirate and by extension Southern Borno despite disruptions caused by the insurgents.
The group, however, urged other Emirates not only in the northeast but the country as a whole to emulate them.
“From our findings, it was gathered that peace and tranquillity have effectively returned to Southern Borno with the efforts of the Nigerian Military. Community life has returned with farming and other activities taking shape. It was also observed that most of the communities that were deserted in the thick of the Boko Haram crisis had been fully liberated,” the statement reads in part.
“ We also state that there is a strong presence of measures in place to forestall the infiltration of Boko Haram insurgents. The various traditional institutions in place in these communities are running at an optimal level, and it was observed that government activities are also running without any fear.
“From interactions with stakeholders in the various communities that straddle Southern Borno, it was observed there is an improved level of cooperation amongst the various institutions of authorities in the communities in Southern Borno State and this is occasioned by the efforts of the Nigerian Military in boosting the confidence of the people to return to their communities.
“It was also observed that investors’ confidence has been restored in Southern Borno and this has witnessed an increment of activities centred on farming and other commercial activities that were hitherto abandoned in the wake of the Boko Haram crisis as the people now enjoy relative peace and tranquillity as there are no further threats to lives and properties in any part of Southern Borno Senatorial District. It was also observed that massive construction works are ongoing, and people have returned home to their daily activities.