Gen. Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), has charged the members of various human rights groups to pressure Boko Haram into dropping their weapons and negotiating. This was said at the African Commission Guidelines on Human Rights in Counter-Terrorism Operations events organized by the National Defence College, Centre for Strategic Research and Studies and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
In Irabor’s opinion, if the right people can get through to terrorists and insurgency groups, the conflicts within the country would end much quicker with fewer casualties.
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Gen. Lucky Irabor said: “What I need to put forward to you and, of course, the rest other actors within the human rights system, is that often you find out that greater attention is given to the government forces that are dealing with terrorism, with little or very minimal attention to the adversaries, the Boko Harm and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).”
Aisha Osori, the Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, however, responded by pointing that HRGs do not recognize insurgents and aren’t recognized by them either. As such, it would be impossible to pressure them to surrender.