President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the high rate of unemployment and poverty in the North-East has hindered the fight against insurgency.
Buhari stated this in an interview with Arise TV on Thursday.
He added that the poverty in the North-eastern states particularly in Borno, is “unimaginable.”
Buhari stated that one of the ways his administration has recorded some successes in the war is by letting the insurgents know that there is no justification for killing innocent people.
“As I said, the only way we got them around is that ‘you can’t kill innocent people and say God is great’. That worked very well but we have a problem of unemployment,” he said.
“A lot of youths are looking basically for what to eat, not to talk of accommodations and others. The level of poverty is almost unimaginable. So this is our problem.
“But those who are really keeping in touch with what we are doing know the difference between the time we came in and now. And the people of north-east and south-south are the best judges for the performance of this administration.”