- Recruitment of people aiding terrorists to sustain their campaign of evil in the northeast are said to be lured with N5,000 or N10,000
- According to Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, the cause of this is the poverty level of the people
- According to Zulum, it is necessary to make the living condition of the people attractive so that terrorists cannot recruit them
Maiduguri, Borno state – Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum has said Boko Haram insurgents offer as low as N5,000 to N10,000 to recruit informants and weapon smugglers.
The governor said this on Saturday in a broadcast to mark Democracy Day and the second anniversary of his administration.
According to him, there is the need to tackle poverty in the country, lamenting how easy it is for insurgents to recruit into their group.
Mr Zulum noted, however, that his government has achieved a lot in the infrastructural development of the state and in the area of securing the people from Boko Haram attack.
“From records, we have experienced instances when insurgents offered as low as between 5,000 and 10,000 Naira to recruit some spies and smugglers of weapons, he said.
“We needed to ensure that our good citizens had the support they needed, and they were not exposed to potential attractions for the incentives of insurgents.
“There was the risk that insurgents could, after making IDPs socially and economically vulnerable, also explore that vulnerability by offering food and cash incentives to recruit fighters who could even serve as their spies in communities.”
In another report, Legit.ng reported that as Boko Haram continues to wreak havoc in the northeast part of the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed the reason the terrorist group is so strong in the country.
According to the Nigerian president, the insurgency is largely fuelled by youth unemployment and poverty.
Buhari said this in an interview with Arise TV aired on Thursday, June 10.
Border closure didn’t stop free flow of arms
Meanwhile, Buhari admitted that despite his administration’s closure of land borders, arms and ammunition continued flowing illegally.
He attributed the problem to the situation in Libya, saying that once the country remains unstable, illegal arms and ammunition would continue to flow in the Sahel region of Africa.
The Nigerian leader in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, made this known on Thursday, March 17, in Aso Villa, Abuja.