The Victims Support Fund (VSF) and Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to research into the origins and evolution of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
The study titled ‘Insurgency and Count remind urgency in Nigeria: Critical Perspectives on Boko Haram will also examine the local and international management of the Boko Haram insurgency; post-conflict peace building and the implications of Boko Haram insurgency for national security in Nigeria.
At the signing of the MoU at VSF office in on Thursday in Abuja, NDA Academy Provost, Prof.Azubuike Nwankwo stated that insurgency has affected social, political and economic development especially in the North East.
He said that knowledge of evolution and underlying causes of Boko Haram and other forms of terrorism in the country will help to proffer solutions and understand critical perspectives of the menace.
Executive Director, VSF, Prof. Sunday Ochoche said that Boko Haram insurgency has caused severe destruction in the North East.
Prof. Ochoche in previous interview had stated that over N4 trillion is needed to rebuild the North East.
The research outcome is expected to provide more scientific understanding of the insurgency; greater national consensus and narrative of the insurgency; more evidence based policy development and implementation framework; and a basis for more informed and efficient provision of national security.
The NDA delegation included Brig.- Gen. I. M. Jallo, Academy Registrar, Prof. Usman Tar, Head, Centre for Defence Studies and Documentation, who is also Coordinator of the research and Dr. N. A. David.