Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state has alerted that peace may still elude Nigeria even after the defeat of the Boko Haram insurgency, stressing that there are lots of indications that the country may be facing scenarios worse than insurgency in the not too distant future.
The Chairman of the Northern Nigeria Governors’ Forum disclosed this on Thursday during the visit of a team from the United Nations led by its resident coordinator in Nigeria, Ms. Fatma Samoura, warning that the defeat of Boko Haram may not necessarily be the end of such experience in the country.
While noting that there are signals everywhere to show that the world needs to pay more attention to the region in order to avert worse crisis even after the ongoing Boko Haram crisis was over, Shettima declared that: “Boko Haram may be an appetizer for worse things to come unless we put our thinking caps on.”
He opined that the Boko Haram insurgency was as a result of the extreme poverty that has continued to ravage the sub-Saharan Africa especially the zone which the North-East happened to fall within, said
In the words of the Governor, “The signals are there all over, the North is going to be inhabited by over 70 percent of Nigeria in 2050 when the nation’s population is expected to be the third largest in the world with over 400 million people.
“There has to be conceited effort from the rest of the world to handle the disaster waiting to happen.”