The Managing Director of the Northeast Development Commission (NEDC), Mohammed Alkali, said they are working closely with the University of Maiduguri and other stakeholders to establish a museum on the Boko Haram insurgency in the region.
The MD, who disclosed this on Thursday during the commemoration of International Day of Peace 2023 in Maiduguri, said the museum is aimed at giving the narratives of the Boko Haram insurgency in a positive way to create social changes.
“We are discussing with the university and other stakeholders how the museum would be established to preserve the relics and literature to tell stories for the next generation,” he said.
Alkali said the museum would give the stakeholders the opportunity to provide positive narratives for upcoming generations to understand the consequences of war in the region and the country at large.
He noted that the commission is open to giving any support within its mandate to defeat violent extremism in the region.
“I also saw some artifacts being displaced, and I quickly asked Ambassador Ahmed Shehu what they were all about. He told me that it was innovative ideas from some of our youths.
“We are going to look at it; anyone that is worthy of development will support the project,” he said.
Earlier, the president of the Peace Ambassadors Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Empowerment, Ahmed Shehu, said the innovations were made by little children who had not attended school.
“Our hunt for talent this time had discovered innovations by three children that had never attended the four walls of the classroom. They did wonderful things.
“A few years ago, one of such talents created a solar-powered machine, and today his company is competing favorably in the manufacturing industry in Nigeria,” he said.