Wealthy Nige­ri­ans join­ing ter­ror­ism – Os­in­bajo

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

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.

Photo Felix Onig­binde

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.

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