By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
The Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) with the support of the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) has made an official presentation of a book on a research on Community Resilience in the context of Boko Haram insurgency as a key security strategy for the nation.
The research was conducted in over 16 communities across six states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Kano and Jigawa and the objective was to understand what factors make communities more resilient to violent action and atrocities perpetrated by terrorists in the North-east part of the country as well as enhancing communities’ capacity to bounce back from devastation.
Making the presentation of the book at the NUJ Press Centre in Bauchi Thursday, the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the Bauchi State University, Dr. Asabe Sadiya Mohammed, defined community resilience as the ability of communities to rebound, maintain and strengthen their functionality during and after a disturbance or to cope successfully in the face of extreme adversity or shock.”
According to her, “In this research, we focused on factors that make some communities able to resist, repel and recover from penetration by insurgents and their actions, involving the destruction and decimation of communities.
“In doing this, we look at community agencies in the context of Boko Haram insurgency and attempt to answer key questions such as ‘how do communities act in ways that build their resilience to insurgency?’”