Kano joins ‘strong cities’ to fight terrorism
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has registered Kano State as a member of the Strong Cities Network (SCN) in his attempt to deal with terrorism, Daily Trust gathered.
The SCN was launched to equip member states with information and techniques on how to build resilience to violent extremism in their respective domains.
Membership of this network will enable Kano State and other cities across the world to pool their resources, knowledge and best practices together and stand strong in the fight against terrorism, it was further gathered.
Ganduje, at an interactive session with governors and Mayors from across the world during the launch of the SCN in New York urged other stronger member cities to support Kano State and Nigeria, to deal with violent extremism particularly among the youth.
He said: “Weak economies like our own have certain key challenges in dealing with violent extremism but we need your help as we are ready to look beyond these problems to make progress”.
He added that violent extremism affects all countries, yet approaches to tackle the problem differ.
He noted that one of the major problems affecting the war against terrorism in Nigeria is the issue of information gathering and lack of sophisticated facilities to track insurgents, unlike developed countries.
A statement signed by the governor’s Press Secretary, Mallam Ameen K. Yassar, said member states and cities had agreed to assist Kano State following a request by the Chairman of the session, and Mayor of Employment and Integration, Copenhagen, Denmark, Ms. Anna Lee Allerslev, who urged other participants to fashion strategies to support Kano and Nigeria to counter violent extremism.
The statement added that the governor, at the session told other participating cities that the religious extremism in Nigeria, started under Boko Haram, as a local issue, but degenerated into an international affair because it was not strategically managed by the previous administration under Goodluck Jonathan.
He said the situation enabled the group to build its strength.
He added that the insurgency gave birth to the big challenge of how to handle Internally Displaced Persons, lamenting that at the moment, about 10,000 communities in the country have been sacked.
Ganduje, at the session said his administration has initiated an interface with religious, community and civil society organizations to find out ways of curbing violent extremism among youth in the state.
“This is in addition to stepping up security surveillance through the state Joint Task Force, comprising military and other security agencies. Kano State is also expanding access to education and capacity building programmes,” he said.
At the session, it was noted that many cities had developed innovative responses to address terrorism, but no systematic efforts are in place to share experiences, pool resources and build a community of cities to inspire local action on a global scale like the Strong Cities Network approach.
The Strong Cities Network (SCN) was launched on September 29th at the United Nations. It was gathered that 25 cities from different regions would provide the SCN with its strategic direction and it will be run by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD).