The Shehu of Borno, Abubakar El-Kanemi, has said that the Boko Haram insurgency in the country is the work of foreigners who infiltrated the Northeast on the pretence of looking for a Quranic education.
He stated this at a town hall meeting organised by Yateem Faqeer Global Foundation in Abuja, stressing that the people of the region had suffered greatly at the hands of the insurgents.
According to him, “Borno has witnessed so many things, both good and bad. Boko Haram is something meaningless, mindless and without any sense of direction as none of the Holy Books, either Quran or the Bible, indicates that you show disrespect to others, burn and destroy their property. And I want people to know that Boko Haram was never initiated or started by people of the Northeast Zone. It is something they just brought to us from nowhere.
“Boko Haram insurgents came to Borno and the North-East in the guise of acquiring Quranic education while not many did not know they had an ideology which was polluted as well as promoted into the minds of the youths, and created havoc in our area.”
Similarly, General Alwali Kazir, a former chief of the army staff, refuted claims that Boko Haram insurgents in the North East were linked to the bandits and other armed criminal gangs operating in the Northwest and other regions of the nation. He insisted that these groups were distinct due to apparent ideological differences.
However, he recommended both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches as the panacea to Nigeria’s insecurity.
Dr. Umar Bindir, the national coordinator of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs’ National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), also spoke and urged the creation of a 15-year regional policy and strategy to rebuild and develop the North East region after the Boko Haram insurgency.
The objective of the humanitarian organization, according to Hajiya Yagana Hassan, chairwoman of the Yateem Faqeer Global Foundation, is to serve mankind and to offer communities afflicted by insecurity sustainable economic assistance to enable them, among other things, to fight extreme poverty.