Terrorist Group Deadlier Than Boko Haram May Emerge- Bauchi Gov.

Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has warned that efforts to re­build the areas devastated by activities of insurgents in the North-East will fail unless the underlying problems of poverty and ignorance were adequately addressed.

Abubakar gave the warning yesterday when he received a 12-member As­sessment Team of the Eu­ropean Union (EU), United Nations (UN) and World Bank (WB) on insurgency devastated areas in the North-East to Bauchi.

Alhaji Wakil Adamu from the office of the vice president, led the team on a courtesy call to him at Gov­ernment House, Bauchi in company with officials of National Emergency Man­agement Agency (NEMA), the State Emergency Man­agement Agency and UNI­CEF, among others.

The governor said the mission of the team was a welcome and timely one in view of the devastation Boko Haram has unleashed on Nigerians particularly those residing in the North- East.

“Rebuilding infrastruc­ture is important in re­building the areas but ad­dressing the underlying factor of the insurgency is much more important be­cause the North-East is se­riously affected by poverty and ignorance.

“If poverty and igno­rance are not properly ad­dressed, they could pro­vide grounds for the rise of another crazy group if Boko Haram is taken care of. We are running a risk if poverty is not addressed.”

He explained that Bau­chi State has played host to an influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) since 2004 following ethno-religious crises in Kaduna, Plateau and some parts of Bauchi long be­fore the Boko Haram crisis broke in1999.

Credit: Sun

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