The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, while expressing concern over the challenges facing internally displaced persons in camps said Boko Haram terrorists are recruiting children in the state.
On Thursday, the governor disclosed this while receiving some members of the House of Representatives, according to TheCable saying more than 700,000 IDPs in Monguno and 400,000 in Gamboru Ngala had no access to their farmland
According to Zulum, the continued stay of able-bodied persons in IDPs’ camps poses a serious problem that could worsen the crisis.
The governor said, “The only solution we have now is to ensure the safe return of our people to their homes in a dignified manner. If nothing is done, believe me sincerely, we shall face a very serious challenge, even more than what we are facing now.
“This is because right now, the insurgents are recruiting many of our children into the sect because of the increasing unemployment rate.”
Zulum also advised the federal lawmakers, who were in Maiduguri for an oversight function at the North-East Development Commission, to focus on long-term development in the region instead of giving short-term humanitarian support.