Vice President Kashim Shettima on Friday blamed the hardship faced by residents in the North East on the activities of terrorists in the region.
Shettima, who lamented that terrorism had plagued the region for far too long, expressed optimism that the scourge would be defeated.
The VP whose speech was read by the Senate President, Godwill Akpabio at a book launch titled “Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in North-East Nigeria: Emerging Perspectives and the Imperative of Airpower,” in Abuja, said peace could be restored to the region if all stakeholders resolved to work together to address the scourge.
He said, “The North East region of Nigeria has been grappling with the scourge of terrorism for far too long. The brutal acts committed by extremist groups have inflicted immense suffering upon the innocent people of the region. But amidst this darkness, there is hope. Hope that through knowledge, understanding, and the collective efforts of all stakeholders, we can overcome these challenges and restore peace and stability to the region.”
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar said the deployment of air power has helped to degrade the terrorists.
According to him, the deployment has enabled the military to conduct surveillance, gather intelligence as well attack the terrorists.
He said, “Today, we are glad to highlight the significance of airpower in the fight against terrorism. Airpower, with its unique capabilities and reach, has proven to be a game-changer in countering the asymmetric threats posed by terrorist organisations.
“The ability to swiftly project force, conduct surveillance, gather intelligence, and provide close air support has been instrumental in degrading the capabilities of these insurgents and terrorists.”
He, however, noted that the fight against terrorism is not one-dimensional, adding that it requires. a comprehensive approach that addresses the root causes of extremism, promotes social cohesion, and fosters economic development.
Abubakar stated that the insights and perspectives shared in this book could serve as a guiding light for policymakers military strategists, and practitioners in formulating holistic solutions that go beyond the realm of military operations.