Relocated Boko Haram members operating as bandits in North-West, kidnappers in the South-West –Nigerian Governors

The chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi, says that Boko Haram, who escapes from the north-eastern part of the country, is infiltrating other parts of Nigeria as bandits and kidnappers. With the recent attack by Boko Haram insurgents on 43 rice farmers in Borno State, some concerned said that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had declared a state of emergency in the North-East regarding defence.But speaking on Sunday, Fayemi said that the country’s security situation is not limited to the Borno State or the North-East, as there is a connection between terrorist activity in the North-East and the North-West banditry, as well as kidnapping in the Southern part of the country.The governor of Ekiti, who spoke last night on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics programme, therefore called for a holistic approach to ending the threat.

He said, “If a state of emergency were to be declared, I have no opinion on that, we haven’t discussed state of emergency as far as the Governors’ Forum is concerned. And that is not something that our colleagues who are at the receiving end of the insurgency has proposed to us. Governor (Babagana) Zulum or our North-East colleagues have not said anything about state of emergency.”

Fayemi added, “Insurgency is not limited to Borno State. We will be making a mistake if we do not draw a correlation between what is going on in Borno State and what is happening in other parts of the country – banditry, kidnapping, militancy, they are inextricably intertwined. Some of the insurgents that escaped from the Boko Haram territory are the ones prosecuting the banditry in the North-West, some of them are involved in the kidnapping in the South-West.

“ISWAP (Islamic State West Africa Province) insurgents coming down from Sudan, from Niger (Republic) are involved in what is going on. How many states are you going to declare state of emergency on then? So, we must take a holistic view on this.”

The governor said that the state governments should be given more powers to control the security of their territories, adding that anything that would help Nigerians resolve the country’s security needs to be done by the federal government and the National Assembly.

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