The Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Sa’ad Abubakar, on Tuesday highlighted steps that should be taken by the Federal Government to tackle the scourge of terrorism in the country.
The Sultan explained that part of the steps include rebuilding the socio-economic life of citizens, particularly those living in Northeast, where the Boko Haram terrorism thrives.
Abubakar said this in his address after he was installed as the Chancellor of the University of Ibadan during the institution’s 67th Foundation Day in Ibadan, Oyo State on Tuesday.
Reeling out staggering statistics on the deplorable state of socio-economic life in the North as a whole, the Sultan said there are more than 2.5 million out-of-school children (popularly called Almajiri) in some states in the North.
He noted that the figure is higher than those enrolled in school in some states to underscore the enormity of the problem in the area.
He also said poor socio-economic factors help terrorism thrive because the “youths are not gainfully engaged and their mind is not developed”.
The Sultan added that the Boko Haram insurgency has displaced over two million people in the area with attendant implications on health and social infrastructures.