Professor in the Institute for Peace and Strategies Studies, University of Ibadan, Isaac Olawale Albert has said with a proper working relationship between the Military and the academic researchers can put an end to the bloodletting and also capable of checkmating the activities of the Boko- Haram.
The Professor asserted this while delivering a technical paper titled: ” Researching Violent Conflicts” during a one day ‘Methodology Workshop’ organised by the Centre for Defence Studies and Documentation; Nigerian Defence Academy in collaboration with the Victims Support Fund (VSF) in Kaduna yesterday.
” lack of communication, information, team work amongst the stakeholders are part of the problems of conflict in Nigeria”, Prof. Albert said.
While speaking, he further explained that the government weakness and failure in terms of the inability of government to fulfil its statutory responsibility is one factors responsible for insurgency and bloodletting in the country.
” The causes of violent conflict vary from one society to the other. They are context-specific and multi-dimensional which include: political and institutional factors”, he said.
Other factors he raised include the following: Socio-economic, resources and environmental, and psychological factors.
” We need to accept our problem before the international communities can come to our aid to help end the activities of the Boko Haram and bloodletting in the country”, the Professor emphasized.
Albert opined that there is the need to have a think tank for the military to operate successfully in the fight against insurgency.
Ealier, the Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Major General Adeniyi Oyebade said the workshop is part of efforts to re strategies, using the academic research in the fight against insurgency.
The Commandant who was represented by the Deputy Commandant, Air Vice Marshal Idi Amin said there is the need for a knowledge-driven to manage the lingering of bloodletting and the activities of the Boko Haram in the country.
Reports By Abdulwaheed Adubi