(Peace-)Amb. Ahmed Bolori is an indigene of Maiduguri, Borno State of the North-Eastern Nigeria; which has been in turmoil, plagued by a raging insurgency that has cost thousands of lives. This insurgency which caused the destruction of farmland and property worth billions of naira, consequently resulted in huge influx of refugees to elsewhere considered safe across the country as Boko Haram continues its rampage. However, since 2010, at different levels, he has actively been a volunteer, implementer, Coordinator and Consultant for various NGOs and Civil Society Organizations within and outside Nigeria: working in the areas of Peace building and preventing/countering violent extremism, social inclusion and civic engagement projects, a profile which earned him an honor as ‘Ambassador for peace’. He is also an Entrepreneur. As one of the very few of his kind, renowned for his advocacy and campaigns for peace and development; he has initiated various measures to tackle some of these problems by promoting non-violent interventions as the best for preventing/countering violent extremism.
He shares his story on Preventing & Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) at the TEDxAsokoro Theme: Silence The Chaos on October 19, 2019, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. With his permission, we have decided to share his story here to give insight into PCVE engagement – we hope his story encourages you to take action today!
His story is titled “In The Pursuit of Peace, Fear is Useless“. In the year 2009, a crisis broke out in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria. Maiduguri, up till that time was a city and held life at its peak even transcending the banks of the Lake Chad. A group of extremists had risen, condemning western education and rising against the government. The crisis later graduated to an insurgency that has plagued Nigeria and its bordering-neighbours in the Sahel region. The story of the youth we share is a story of selfless commitment to realising peace and defeating violent extremism.
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