Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has expressed that there are foreign interests sponsoring the Boko Haram terrorist group to recruit children as fighters.
He cited Libya and Iraq as examples of how sectional insecurity could engulf a country.
Hence, he called on Nigerians not to see the insurgency in the north-eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa as a northern problem but a challenge that affects everyone.
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The governor spoke in Lagos on Friday at the 17th Chief Gani Fawehinmi annual lecture, themed ‘The constitutional history of Nigeria’s dysfunction: Any pathway to indivisibility and common progress?’ which was organised by the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch.
He expressed that there was a need for cooperation by all Nigerians to defeat the insurgents.
Zulum also added that as a result of Nigeria’s porous borders, people were importing arms into the country, which is also fuelling the insurgency.