THERE’S CIVIL WAR GOING ON IN THE NORTH – USMAN YUSUF

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THERE’S CIVIL WAR GOING ON IN THE NORTH – USMAN YUSUF

A former Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Professor Usman Yusuf, has drawn attention to the continuous civil unrest in the northern part of the country involving different ethnic and religious groups in the area.

According to him, there is war going on between the Hausas and the Fulani, between the Fulani and the Tivs, as well as between different ethnic and religious groups in the North.

Speaking in an interview with the Arise Television, Prof. Yusuf emphasised that given the nature of these conflicts, it was not possible for the military to bring about peace on its own.

He questioned the lack of active involvement of religious leaders, elders, and traditional rulers in the North —all of whom play an important role in promoting unity.

Prof Yusuf pushed for honest and open communication between the populace, stressing that the military cannot bring about peace in a community on its own.

While proposing that the responsibility for peace lies with the people, he however acknowledged the military’s efforts in providing an enabling environment, but urged a collective step back and a move toward de-militarizing the conflict, considering the sacrifices made by the armed forces on the battlefield.

”We must tell our people to have an honest conversation. The military cannot bring peace to our communities, only we can do that.

“There is a civil war going on in the North between the Hausas and the Fulani. Between the Hausas and the Tivs. And we expect the military to bring peace. No.

Where are our elders? Where are our traditional rulers? Where are our clerics that sold the Muslim Muslim ticket?”It is us that will bring peace. The military can only provide an enabling environment. They are doing a heck of a job. They are losing men and women on the battlefield and we must step back and de-militarise this conflict,” he said.

About Dons Eze

DONS EZE, PhD, Political Philosopher and Journalist of over four decades standing, worked in several newspaper houses across the country, and rose to the positions of Editor and General Manager. A UNESCO Fellow in Journalism, Dr. Dons Eze, a prolific writer and author of many books, attended several courses on Journalism and Communication in both Nigeria and overseas, including a Postgraduate Course on Journalism at Warsaw, Poland; Strategic Communication and Practical Communication Approach at RIPA International, London, the United Kingdom, among others.

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