Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, on Saturday, August 22, bemoaned the recruitment drive of Boko Haram which has led to the current spate of kidnappings in the North-East.
Zulum made this disclosure via an interview with the BBC Hausa Service.
The Governor stated that the Boko Haram terrorists have penetrated the camps where the Internally Displaced Persons are being kept and are also allegedly recruiting the helpless people for their sinister activities.
“Yes, it is true Boko Haram is recruiting displaced people into their fold. And this is frightening,” he revealed.
Zulum, who expressed his fear that the situation might worsen if the government failed to act quickly as many of the IDPs might end up becoming Boko Haram recruits said urgent action needed to be taken.
“My fear is about those at the IDPs camps. If they don’t go back to their villages to farm and do other things; they will end up becoming members of the Boko Haram,” he said.
According to him, “the people are tired of staying at IDPs camps because they are not getting what they want. They must go back to their villages. So that they can go to the farms, as well as continue with their livestock business.”
He also spoke about the IDPs who have been successfully resettled in their villages and towns.
“So far, we have been able to return some people back to their areas. We have [resettled] those who are from kukawa and Mafa local governments”.
Zulum said many of the IDPs like those from Kawuri, would soon be returned to their homes.
“We will return some people to Kawuri,” he said.
“We are praying that the security personnel will put in more effort in ensuring that the people of Baga and Marte are returned back to their areas.”