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Boko Haram, a product of Yar’Adua’s failure – Reps minority leader

By Tordue Salem

Minority leader of  the House of Representatives, Muhammed Ali Ndume, has blamed the manifestation of the Boko Haram on the prevailing poverty in the country, caused by the failure of government to provide basic amenities for its citizens.

The minority leader, who is from Borno State, weekend, told Sunday Vanguard that as long as the inequitable distribution of the country’s resources persisted, more Boko Harams would emerge in the near future.

He said: “The root cause of this Boko Haram is unemployment, disenchantment in the level of individuals. Most of the individuals involved in this Boko Haram thing are adolescents; youths that are within the ages of 18 to 25. These are people who normally come from the rural areas to urban areas to try to look for means of living.

Some of them, as you can see, are even graduates that will just tear their certificates and join this group because they are frustrated. Here you are with a graduate who came from a poor background, whose parents sacrificed their time and everything to train them; they come out and they can’t even get simple jobs to do.

So when you have people like Muhammed Yusuf who offered the environment where they could be insulting the system or at least attacking the system, which they feel is normally responsible for their predicament, they buy the idea, because of the high level of unemployment, because of the societal ills and because of bad governance, so that is what is responsible for it.”

Ndume stressed that as long as injustice prevailed in the face of abundant national resources, groups would come up to attack the system, noting that: “When the issue of unemployment, the issue of basic social amenities and the welfare of citizens is not provided, then they (militants) would continue to come up.”

The lawmaker, however, denied that the sect had support from the northern establishment, insisting that the leader of the group and the sect’s adherents were even the enemies of the political class in the North in particular and the country in general. Ndume noted that no politician in his right senses would support a group like that.


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