Adopt dialogue with force to end insecurity, UN tells Buhari

United Nations has suggested that the Nigerian Government complement the use of force with dialogue in a bid to end insecurity and killings in the Northeast and Northwest.

The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said on Monday that there must be dialogue and political approach to military solution.

He spoke to reporters at the State House in Abuja after a meeting with President Buhari.

Kallon said: “The conflict is still ongoing, it’s not over. But today again, I told Mr. President that in addition to the military effort, that there is need to complement that with enhanced dialogue and political approach process in search of durable solution to the crisis.

“So, we think various approaches have to be used to find a solution. But when you talk about conflicts in Nigeria, we are talking about three typologies. There is no one-size-fits-all. You have identity-based conflicts, resource-based and power-based conflicts. Each of those typologies require different approaches and solutions, that is the complex axis we are dealing with.

So, my call to His Excellency is to look at that robust mechanisms as a way of trying to find solutions to the conflicts in general”.

The UN representative said humanitarian problem in the Northeast had no humanitarian solution. He said only peace and preventive measures could solve the problem.

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