President Identifies Causes of Insurgency in North-East

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari says the security crisis in the North-Eastern part of the country has been largely fueled by unemployment and poverty.

President Buhari also said he believed the majority of the Boko Haram members are Nigerians after being told so by the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum.

According to him, his government has done a lot to fight the terrorists “but the problem in the North-East is very difficult.”

On the fight against corruption in the country, the President, who spoke during an interview with a team of a private television station (Arise Television) Executives, confessed that it has been extremely difficult fighting corruption under a democratic setting currently obtainable in the country.

He emphasised that it had not been easy for him to fight corruption since he became a democratically elected President six years ago.

The Nigerian leader however, stressed that his administration had succeeded in easing out corrupt public officials without making noise about it.

President Buhari recalled that much was achieved in the fight against corruption, when he was the military Head of State in the early 80s “when a lot of people were sent to prisons before I was also booted out”.

He expressed concern that the Local Government system was almost nonexistent in the country, as the Governors have continued to starve them of funds saying.

He decried instances where N300 million is allocated to Local Government and they are given N100 million.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim

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