BASNEC TRAINS COMMUNITY LEADERS ON COUNTERING TERRORISM

Bauchi State Network of Civil Society Organizations (BASNEC) an umbrella body of all civil Society groups in the state Thursday trained community leaders drawn from different wards in the town on preventing and countering violent extremism in the state.

BASNEC TRAINS COMMUNITY LEADERS ON COUNTERING TERRORISM

From Muazu Hardawa,  Bauchi

Bauchi State Network of Civil Society Organizations (BASNEC) an umbrella body of all civil Society groups in the state Thursday trained community leaders drawn from different wards in the town on preventing and countering violent extremism in the state.

Speaking while declaring the event open, BASNEC chairman Mr Jinjiri Garba enjoined participants to champion the course of peaceful coexistence among heterogeneous ethnic and religious groups in the state through enlightenment pointing out that no meaningful development would be achieved in a chaotic society.

Garba said BASNEC has embarked on advocacy visits to relevant stakeholders including Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Jama'atul Nasril Islam (JNI) where they appealed to the religious bodies to preach peace to their members.

He explained that recently some youth leaders have been trained in preventing and countering violent extremism among their peers and to step down the training to others in their respective communities.

Contributing, the state chairman Security and Peace Committe Alhaji Sani Yakubu who identified smuggling drugs and other substances into the state as some causes of their abuse called on relevant authorities to take stringent measures against the menace.

On his part the Ward Head of Yelwa Malam Zubairu Ibrahim called on people to embark on prayers to seek Allah's intervention into the numerous problems bedeviling the country.

The National Orientation Agency NOA representative Dalhatu Ghani who commended BASNEC for complementing the agency to enlighten the public on peaceful coexistence urged other NGOs to follow suit.

The event was supported by Global Centre on Cooperative Society and Care fronting Nigeria.