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Governor: illiteracy, poverty liable for security challenges in N. Nigeria

West Africa—Nigerian official say poverty and illiteracy to blame for major insecurity in northeast Nigeria’s Bauchi State. Mohammed Abubakar the governor of Bauchi State on Monday attributed the security challenges facing the northern part of the country to illiteracy and poverty.

Governor Abubakar told visiting dignitaries, including the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed in the northern city of Bauchi that high level illiteracy and poverty had hauled many youth into joining insurgents that are inflicting pains on the people, especially in the North East sub-region.

The governor said unless something was done to reverse the trend, the problem might continue.

Regarding Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) currently taking refuge in the state, the governor said there was no permanent camps for IDPs in the state.

Governor Abubakar told the minister that all the IDPs were currently been accommodated by their host communities in the regions in which the live.

He commended the federal government over some of the relief materials it has assisted the IDPs with in the state.

Earlier, Ahmed said she led a Federal Government team to the state to flag off distribution of food items to IDPs in the state.

The minister said the items were provided under Federal Government Special Intervention for Bauchi State, adding that 54,048 households would benefit from the gesture.

She said the intervention would be done on a quarterly bases to ease the hardship being faced by the victims.

Security situation in the Northern part of Nigeria became so alarming following the activities of the Boko Haram Islamic sect.

 

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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