Boko Haram: Deadlier Terrorist Group May Emerge – Bauchi Gov

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[caption id="attachment_4868" align="alignnone" width="692"]Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi State Governor)[/caption]

The Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, has warned that if the underlying problems of poverty and igno­rance are not properly ad­dressed, it could pro­vide grounds for the rise of a deadlier terrorist group.

Abubakar who 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, warned that efforts to re­build the areas devastated by activities of insurgents in the North-East will fail unless poverty and ignorance are adequately addressed.

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

He said, “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.”

According to him, 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.

The governor explained that he has been hospitable to millions of displaced persons who escaped crisis in oth­er parts of the region, say­ing several communities have sprang up as a result.