The governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum has raised an alarm the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are being recruited by dreaded Boko Haram.
Zulum said this in an interview with BBC Hausa.
He said “Truly, the Boko Haram sect is working on people to join them. This is frightening. If the IDPs living in camps could not get what they are looking for, especially the opportunity to go back to their various towns and return to the farm, they may be forced to join the Boko Haram sect.”
He said the IDPs were tired and bored and need to return to their towns because no government can continuously feed them.
When quizzed if the terrorists were still holding some parts of the state, the governor said “truly, there is no place under the occupation of Boko Haram. But there are places with no people there, What I mean is that people are yet to return to their places of origin.
“I swear by Allah, before the coming of Buhari, the security situation in Borno had deteriorated. At that time, 20 local government areas where under Boko Haram. Now, it’s not so.”
Zulum reiterated his stance that the attack on him in Baga was sabotage.
“I was not afraid because I rely on Allah. Nothing will happen to a Muslim unless by the will of Almighty Allah.”
“I was attacked with bombs but Almighty Allah protected me. We must be brave, if we continue to fear, the war will not end,” he added.
The governor revealed that the his government has returned internally displaced persons to Mafa and Kukawa while plans are in top gear to return people to Kawuri.
He was optimistic of the military’s ability to secure the state so that more people will return back to their homes.