This was recently revealed in a communique released to the media, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to the statement, in addition to the displacement, insecurity has hampered agricultural activities in the country, and that automatically affects food.
They then vowed to unite against terror in Nigeria, rather than do anything that could promote it.
It read, “In addition to displacement, insecurity has hampered agricultural activities and heightened the risk of acute food uncertainty in the country.”
“It is a matter of concern to participants that banditry is fast becoming part of the daily life of the populations, giving the country the notoriety of being one of the members of the club of 10 top kidnapping countries in the world and a leading one in Africa.”
“In addition to displacement, insecurity has hampered agricultural activities and heightened the risk of acute food uncertainty in the country.”
“It is worth noting that the effects of this on Nigeria’s sustainable development in the light of public safety, capital and investment flights, as well as its negative consequences on trade, tourism and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), is enormous.”
“While appreciating the fact that national politics can form an important framework in the fight against insecurity, stakeholders call on Nigerians to unite to defeat terror rather than doing anything that could promote it.”
“The Forum believes that the war against terror is everybody’s war and thus there should be adequate synergy between the Military, the Media and other Stakeholders. In this connection, however, Forum advises government not to allow the public to lose confidence in its ability to deal with the situation.”
“Participants resolved that the government should adopt new approaches that will address the specific political, economic, and social challenges that encourage banditry or terrorism in general, and the potential solutions that reduce them as the most reliable way forward.”
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