Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has disclosed what can end the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
Speaking in Maiduguri on Thursday, Obasanjo said that the Zero Hunger Initiative can end the Boko Haram menace. He pointed out that hunger, poverty and social challenges were responsible for the unrest in the zone. He said the programme will fight poverty and provide employment. In his words;
“Only one out of 26 Boko Haram members arrested said he joined the group for his religious belief. The other 25 said they joined because of hunger, poverty and unemployment,”
He also praised the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, describing him as a strong leader with a strong faith.
“You’re a man of faith. Everybody is always worried about this place; but, you have always been saying come, no problem,”
“No state has the quality of equipment you have, but the only question is ‘how will you use the equipment for effective food production’?,“ he said.
Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, represented by a director in the ministry, Mr Obinachi Opara, said the initiative would ensure food production all year round to attain national food security.