Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum has raised the alarm that the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents were recruiting fresh members, mostly from the internally displaced persons (IDPs).
He told the Hausa Service of the BBC in an interview today that the IDPs are tired and bored of staying in the camps because they were not getting what they really wanted.
“It is important that they go back to their various towns because no government can continue to be feeding them continuously,” he said.
According to Zulum- “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.”
The Governor who said that, so far, his government has been able to return hitherto displaced persons to Mafa and Kukawa, while plans were on to return people to Kawuri, expressed hope that the military will intensify efforts and make it possible for people to return to Baga, Marte, Malam Fatori and Guzamala.
“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.