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Boko Haram: IPCR commences peace building programme in Adamawa

As peace return to Adamawa after the Boko Haram insurgency, the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has commenced training of stakeholders in the state on peace building.

The Project Coordinator of the Peace Building Training Project, Mr Chukwuemeka Mbah, made this known in an interview in Yola on Friday.

Mbah said more than 200 stakeholders drawn from seven local governments of Yola North, Yola South, Hong, Gombi, Girei, Fufore and Song in central zone had benefited from the training.

He said the second batch of the training would commence next week in Mubi town for stakeholders in northern zone of the state.

The coordinator said that the zone comprised, Madagali, Michika, Maiha, Mubi North and Mubi South Local Government Areas.

According to him, the institute and other experts have identified Adamawa as a fragile state.

Mbah said that institute decided to intervene after the return of peace to douse tension created by suspicion among the diverse people of the state.

“From our research in IPCR and from open source intelligence, we have identified Adamawa as a state that need a lot of intervention in terms of peace and coexistence.

“After this insurgency a lot has happened; there is a lot of mistrust, hatred and we need to really start fostering coexistence.

“Madagali and Michika are very fragile areas where we need a lot of interventions, especially now that things are going back to normal.

“This is what we call the early recovery stages of conflict and that is where peace building has to be brought in,’’ Mbah, who is Coordinator External Conflict Prevention and Research, said.

He lauded the support and commitment of UNHCR and Adamawa government to the project.


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