PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has revealed how Boko Haram insurgency started in Nigeria
– He said Boko Haram terrorists were offshoots of political thuggery
– Atiku, however, faulted President Buhari’s anti corruption war
Nigeria’s former vice president and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has said, he knows how Boko Haram started in the country.
According to report in an interview with The African Reports, which he shared on his verified Twitter handle, @atiku, Atiku said that, politicians were to be blamed for the emergence of Boko Haram in Nigeria.
Speaking on how he was going to solve the challenge of Boko Haram terrorism, he said: “I happen to know how Boko Haram came into being. They were offshoots of political thuggery.
“Politicians used those boys in Boko Haram to win elections and then abandoned them and then there were no jobs for them. It was the same thing with the Niger Delta. In 1998, I saw it myself and I warned people.
“It’s going to be a multifaceted approach. It will involve negotiations. It will involve military action.
The former vice president also criticised the President Buhari-led government’s anti-corruption strategy, saying that, “You can’t deploy only punitive measures to fight corruption. One way of trying to reduce corruption to the barest minimum is also to introduce e-governance. If you are applying for a permit, if you are applying for a passport, why not apply online? Why can’t we also employ preventive measures to stop corruption?