Wealthy Nigerians joining terrorism – Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has raised the alarm that wealthy individuals in the country are joining terrorism.
Osinbajo said apart from those participating in terrorism for money, he had seen well-to-do individuals being recruited into the act.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, in a statement yesterday, quoted his boss to have said this at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday while receiving the United States Special Envoy on Counter Terrorism Communication, Rashad Hussain.
He said the federal government would organise a campaign involving civil societies, the youth and nongovernmental organisations with a view to providing “positive counter narratives against those of violent groups like Boko Haram.”
The vice president also hinted that the government would set up a crisis communication centre that provides information on violent and extremist ideology, especially in the North-east.
According to the vice president, the centre would help to “define and disseminate positive narratives that expose the evil of terrorism.”
The statement quoted Hussain to have told Osinbajo earlier that based on the United States’ experience and the happenings in other parts of the world, the Boko Haram terrorist group has a strong propaganda in the media.
The envoy was also quoted to have emphasised that the media propaganda of the sect had to be countered.
From left: Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Barr. Ojobo Atuluku; Vice Chairman, ActionAid Governance Board, Prof. Samuel Egwu; Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, during the ‘Social Protection of the Girl Child Conference’ in Abuja yesterday.