UN Part­ners CJTF To End Child Sol­dier Re­cruit­ment in N’east

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Njad­vara Musa, Maiduguri

THE United Na­tions (UN), in col­lab­o­ra­tions with the Civil­ian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Borno State, has signed a “plan of ac­tion” to end mas­sive re­cruit­ment and use of chil­dren in the armed con­flict in the North­east.

The CJTF is a youth vig­i­lance group es­tab­lished by Borno State gov­ern­ment dur­ing the eight-year Boko Haram in­sur­gency to tackle ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in the state.

CJTF mem­bers, who are vol­un­teers in the fight against in­sur­gency, have been ac­cused along­side Boko Haramin­sur­gents of re­cruit- ing chil­dren.

To set the records straight, the group at the week­end, signed an ac­tion plan with the UN, su­per­vised by the Borno State Deputy gov­er­nor, Usman Durkwa in Maiduguri.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, Vir­ginia Gamba, UN Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Sec­re­tary-gen­eral for Chil­dren and Armed Con­flict, and UNICEF in Nige­ria, has wel­comed the sign­ing of the ac­tion plan with CJTF).

The UN, in a state­ment, said the ac­tion on the part of the CJTF is com­mend­able and should be sus­tained to re­store peace and se­cu­rity.

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