Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state has alleged that Boko Haram insurgents were recruiting fresh members from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
He made this know in an interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC on Saturday. The governor said the IDPs are joining the dreaded terrorist sect because they are being neglected and uncared for at the camp.
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
“It is important that they go back to their various towns because no government can continue to be feeding them continuously.”
The governor noted that his government has been able to return some displaced persons to Mafa and Kukawa, while plans were on to return people to Kawuri,
He, however, expressed hope that the military will intensify efforts and make it possible for people to return to Baga, Marte, Malam Fatori and Guzamala.
Governor Zulum said that the security situation was improving in Borno state, but there are still danger as the Boko Haram elements were still in their hiding place.
“The sect members are hiding at the Lake Chad area and the Sambisa forest. There will still be a problem unless they are traced to their hiding places. Chasing them away from their headquarters is one of the solutions towards ending the insurgency,” he said.