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Boko Haram: CITAD launches Book on community resilience

From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

A Non Governmental Organisation, Center for Information Technology and Development ,CITAD, has launched a book on how communities across states of the North East and elsewhere cope, repel or rise from the effect of Boko Haram insurgency.
The book, “Understanding Community Resilience In The Context Of Boko Haram Insurgency In Nigeria” was published by CITAD with the support of United States Institute for Peace (USIP) and was edited by Jibrin Ibrahim, Chom Bagu and Y.Z Ya’u.
The book was divided into 11 chapters that dwell on many areas by various contributors.
In his welcome address, the Research and Communication Assistant, CITAD Hamza Ibrahim who represented the Executive Director, Y.Z Ya’u said that the book was the product of a two years research by the center supported by the United States Institute of Peace.
He said that the reseach was carried out to ascertain factors which enable communities to cope with the challenges they faced as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency across the communities studies in the north eastern states and elsewhere.
According to him, Kano and Jigawa states were also studied alongside four north eastern states of Borno, Yobe , Adamawa and Bauchi.
He said that 17 communities were selected and studied across all the states where the research was carried out.
On her part, one of the researchers and a lecturer with Bauchi State University, Dr. Asabe Sadiya Mohammed while giving an overview of the research contained in the book noted that various factors were considered to arrive on its findings.
According to her, the communities studied in Bauchi where she carried out her research were selected based on some categories based on their strength, location as well as how they were affected by the insurgency.
While speaking, Yunusa Ado of Bauchi State Ministry of Religious Affairs and Community Development said that the research carried out will will in a way help Nigeria articulate policies to tackle not only the Boko Haram menace but the widespread insecurity in the country.

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