Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has expressed that terrorist group, Boko Haram’s activities are being funded by some of those pulling the strings of banditry and kidnapping in the North East.
Fayemi stated that there is a “direct correlation” between the persistent insurgency and heightened insecurity in parts of the country.
He made this assertion while speaking after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa on Monday.
Fayemi, who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, said both issues must be tackled collectively.
He also disclosed that President Buhari will approach the national assembly for more funding for the equipment of the armed forces.
“There is a direct correlation, I’ve said this to you before, between insurgency in the north-east, and what we’re seeing manifesting itself as banditry in the north-west, or kidnapping in the south-west. Some of the people involved in these are also the ones responsible for insurgency.
“They are using the resources that they make from kidnapping for the activities that they’re conducting in the north-east. So we need to take a comprehensive look at all these things and not treat them in compartments. We must treat them as a comprehensive issue and then tackle them collectively,” he said in part.