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We’re Losing Our Youths To Bandits- Nnamani



Enugu East Senatorial District Senator, Chimaroke Nnamani has let out a distress call that the nation is losing its teaming youth at the hands of terrorists.

He was engaged in an interview with Vanguard News, where he shared his views on the state of the nation on insecurity and how the youth are being deceived in their numbers to join terrorism.

In his words: Before I go to my own zone, let us look at where it all started. We have Boko Haram operating out of the Chad Basin. We have the Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, operating in Niger. We also have the Islamic State for the Maghreb. We have also the Islamic State of Greater Sahara and the Alqaeda faction of Maghred. We have the negative Fulani herdsmen because there are Fulani herdsmen who are law-abiding. Then you have the so called banditry which is local terrorism. To call it banditry is to sanitise  and colour it.

It is local terrorism operating essentially in the North-West. And then, we have recently the activities in the South-East and then you have the farmers-herders conflicts which are also local terrorism that has gone through North-Central and is now in South-West and South-East and also part of South-South. And then of course kidnapping and the age old problems with South-South, Niger Delta. The Boko Haram insurgency has been ongoing for quite some time, not much is being talked about it, what we are talking about is the local terrorism, the so called banditry and there are several factors. One is the border between Niger and Nigeria which is specifically about 1,497kilometres.

It is not going to be easy to police such a wide border, the border is completely porous. We have influx of persons from Burkina Faso, Mali and of course of Libya, so you have inflow of weapons from South Sahara and also the Sahel region. We have wide terrain largely unpoliced with thick forest, very large spaces that are practically ungoverned. We have gap crisis, massive inequality, we have poverty, we have overstretched the security framework, the police and the army. We have areas of problem with the immigration and customs. These are contributory factors to the local terrorism also called banditry. Then you have failed pacts, failed agreements between this so called bandits and government; agreements that failed because the bandits don’t have common leadership, and the local communities were not involved and the monies given to them acted as incentives, and incentivised them. These problems are critical. They are terrorists are driven by agitation, maybe religious


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