– Governor Babagana Zulum has opened a can of worms on Boko Haram
– The governor said the dreaded terrorist group is being backed by “many people across the world”
– Zulum said contrary to the popular opinion, among members of Boko Haram are Christians and white men
Babagana Umara Zulum, governor of Borno state, has stated that contrary to the popular belief, some members of Boko Haram, an insurgent group terrorising the north, are Christians and white men.
Zulum made this disclosure during the 17th Gani Fawehinmi’s lecture organised by the Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) held on Friday, January 15, in Lagos state.
The Borno governor, who was a guest lecturer, said Boko Haram is being “sponsored by many people across the world.”
While calling for “peacebuilding and social cohesion”, Zulum stated that the problem Boko Haram insurgency should not be seen as a problem of the north or Borno state, but of the country as a whole.
Zulum promised that his government is ready to reform the Almajiri system to provide “those children basic literacy and numeracy skills.”
“I’m from Borno state, and many of our children are into Boko Haram. I’m not denying the fact. But again, they are being sponsored by many people across the world. Among Boko Haram, we have white men, Asians, Africans, Muslims and Christians.
“We must stop seeing this insurgency as a problem of the north. The distance between Borno state and Lagos state is about 1,700km, but mind you if Borno state is not peaceful, other parts of the nation will never be peaceful.
“We have to unite and fight these insurgents. We have seen what happened in Libya, Iraq and other countries. Peace building and social cohesion are very important in strengthening the resilience of our communities.”
Zulum also submitted that if Nigerians “get rid of nepotism, tribalism and exploitation of religion”, the country will move to the right track.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Ayodele Fayose has picked holes in the commitment of the current government to end the security crisis in the country, with the former Ekiti state governor saying President Muhammadu Buhari lacked the “capacity to rule Nigeria.”
The former governor expressed his dissatisfaction on the Buhari government’s handling of security in Twitter rants on Saturday, January 16, sighted by Legit.ng.
According to him, the country is not safe contrary to the assurance of improved security given by the current government.
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